Farmers are being warned of a spate of thefts of tractor GPS systems – an expensive item which is likely to have a serious impact on farmer’s lives and livelihoods.
As Rural Task Force officer PC Josh Fawcett said, “These recent thefts have had a devastating impact on the farmers. It’s hard enough producing the country’s food without having people come along and steal their property.
“Farm machinery is a massive investment for a farmer, and it needs to be protected from opportunist thieves.”
The police are urging farmers to take extra precautions to help combat the problem and to remove screens when not in use and to help keep equipment safe are asking farmers to take additional security measures, including:
- Remove screens when not in use – ensure they are left in a safe and secure location.
- Mark screens using Forensic Marking and use the provided stickers to advertise forensic marking is in use
- Record serial numbers
- Tractor GPS Receivers
- If not in use, disconnect, remove and secure in a safe location
- Remove from roof if not in use and tractor is being used on road – this will prevent advertising the fact you have a receiver.
- Ensure the software is up to date, and marked with security warning stickers
- Consider securing the tractor in a locked alarmed shed
- Record serial numbersPC Fawcett continues, “Please also make sure your device is properly insured as it may need to be a separate item on your insurance, especially once removed from machinery.
“We would also advise people to consider installing CCTV, intruder alarms, security lighting and boundary security (entrance gates/fencing) around your property to provide formal surveillance and target harden the most vulnerable areas.
“We cannot physically be everywhere at the same time and our communities are our eyes and ears in the countryside. They know when something they see isn’t right. We want them to call us about any suspicious activity they see. Please report this to police immediately on 999 if there is a crime in progress or 101 for non-emergency incidents.”