Police Appeal Appeal - GPS guidance systems stolen over bank holiday

Alert message sent 31/05/2019 15:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police


Over the May Bank holiday period, both Wiltshire and Dorset were targeted for thefts of Starfire GPS Guidance systems from within Tractors.

Reports of the thefts occurred mostly in the South West of Wiltshire, with John Deere tractors targeted during the night.

We are keen to speak to anyone who has seen suspicious vehicles or people close to farm premises over the weekend of the 24 - 26 May 2019 in the Longbridge Deverill and Tisbury areas.

If you can help please contact our Rural Crime Team on 101.

Or information can be passed via Rural Crimestoppers 0800 783 0137 anonymously.

If you use GPS guidance receivers please follow the below crime prevention advice: 

• 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! 

 
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