Rural Thefts

Alert message sent 31/05/2019 09:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police


Recently several of our farms have been victims of theft with GPS receivers being stolen from tractors.  If you have any of these receivers please bear in mind the following advice.

If you see anything suspisious please call in to Wiltshire Police to report it.

• Remove all GPS guidance receivers, aerials or antenna globe when not in use and keep them locked away in secure locked place when possible.

• Considered fitting security tethers to devices to stop them being removed.
• Consider marking these with UV pen or engraving your postcode or forensic marking such as Datatag are all options to consider. Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are 4 times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.
• Store machinery inside locked barns if possible.
• Where locking machines away isn’t an option consider fitting mains or battery operated alarms to outbuildings or around the perimeter of areas where machines are stored.
• If you are considering fitting CCTV then please consider fitting this as well as alarms as part of a system. CCTV cannot be relied on fully as this won’t alert you at the time that you have intruders.
• CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are checked regularly to ensure they will work when you need them and they are placed in a position that won’t be triggered by animals or foliage moving in the wind.
• Record machinery serial numbers and photographs for reference. This will help police should they be stolen with press releases and social media appeals furthering the chances of the items being recovered. You can use www.immobilise.com is a good place to record your property, ITS FREE!
• Let employees know the security arrangements that are expected of them while working on the farm.
• Encourage farm staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to the police. We don't know unless you tell us!
 
Message sent by
Deborah Robbins (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Wiltshire West Community Policing Team)

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