All-terrain vehicle riders are responsible for damage at farms in East Windsor, according to police.
Now, many neighbors said it's ruining their quality of life and police are now keeping a close watch out in the area of Plantation and Wapping roads as well as Rye Street.
This farming area has only a handful of homes. Some neighbors told Eyewitness News they moved out there for the peace and quiet. But their days have been interrupted by the sounds of ATV riders, which was caught on camera by Eyewitness News on Friday.
“You can hear them right now…That sounds like some quads right now," Farmer Evan Bis said.
Some neighbors told Eyewitness News they've seen upwards of 30 ATV riders at one time and they believe they're coming from other Connecticut towns. It's happening around Plantation Road and Rye Street, which is a rural area due to the tobacco, corn and potato fields.
“You'll see three trucks go by with at least two or three ATV's on the back of them,” one neighbor, who wished not to provide his name, said.
Many said the riders will come on a Saturday or Sunday morning and ride all day. On their route, they drive through the fields and leave behind beer cans and ashes from a fire they sat around at night.
“We have crops in the field and had someone in a pickup truck enter the field and cause a lot of destruction spinning dirt," Bis said. “The plants are only 6" big, so it knocked them over and broke the stalk. And it's hard to replace them.”
That damage is hurting hardworking farmers, which is why East Windsor police are keeping a close eye out. Farmers said this is private property, so they're all for the enforcement.
“It does come down to respect," Bis said.
Police told Eyewitness News the riders are coming as far as New York.
If you have permission to be on private land from the landowner, you’re likely not breaking the law.
Police said if you see these riders or they have damaged your property, please call the East Windsor Police Department at 860-292-8240.
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