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HOLDERNESS: Farm Watch Alert

Alert message sent 28/08/2019 16:04:00

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Warning over increase in farm SAT NAV thefts
Police are warning farmers in Holderness to be vigilant following a spate of thefts from farms overnight Wednesday 28th to Thursday 29th August
PCSO Darren Bainton from the Humberside Police Rural & Wildlife Crime Team said several farm vehicles have been targeted and their GPS systems have been stolen during the early hours.
It is understood the thieves across other police forces are monitoring farms for tractors fitted with domes on the top of their cabs – as this indicates a satnav will likely be inside.
In Mappleton, rural crooks approached a  farm and forced entry to the building and stole two Trimble GPS systems and antenna from the New Holland tractors. The theft took place sometime between 9pm Wednesday and 10am Thursday 29th August 2019
In Burstwick, around 4:15am  four males with a crowbar and angle grinder are believed to have forced padlocks to gain entry to a farm outbuilding and removed items including a generator, a Makita Drill and tools. A quad bike was also started but left at the scene.
PCSO Darren Bainton said: “Please remain vigilant – if you see any suspicious activity please call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.”
“These GPS systems are becoming as essential for farmers as car sat navs are for motorists and losing them, and the information they hold, can have a considerable effect on farm businesses.
“Farmers should take these units out of tractors and other farm machinery each night. Don’t leave them in a locked cab, as these can be broken into. We would also ask farmers to consider using property marking kits as an added security measure.”
Anyone with any information should contact their local police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  The Mappleton investigation number is 16/97531/19 and the commercial burglary in Burstwick is police investigation number 16/97523/19.

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