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Preventing Agricultural Vehicle Theft

Alert message sent 14/05/2020 14:55:00

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Crime Prevention Advice


General advice for all vehicles
Where possible, vehicles should be housed in a lockable garage or building, ideally with security lighting installed to the perimeter.
Vehicles should always be locked when not in use, with the keys kept hidden and locked away in a secure location.
Keep recordings or photographs of serial numbers and vehicles as these can be crucial in recovery, should the worst happen.
 
Quad bikes and ATVs
Quads and All-Terrain Vehicles are the top target for thieves in the UK as they are easier to steal and sell-on than larger farm vehicles. As well as being simple to jump on and drive off when they’re left standing, thieves also take them from workshops and barns.
Invest in a bespoke quad security device, a quality padlock and chain, such as those approved by  Secured By Design - a police approved product scheme. Securing to a fixed point on the ground or something that takes time to remove will also act as a deterrent.
Never leave your keys in the ignition, even if you only briefly leave your ATV unattended.
Keep gates to yards closed as open gates can be an open invitation to thieves.
 
Tractors
Although large, expensive tractors may seem the obvious target, thieves are now also targeting smaller and older, vintage models, which are less conspicuous to move around. The kit inside tractors, such as satellite navigation equipment, is also a major target for theft.
Machinery should be security marked with DNA marking devices and SmartWater tools, enabling tractors and their parts to be traced back to their rightful owners.
Sign up to CESAR, an agricultural equipment registration scheme, which increases the chance of recovering stolen goods by helping police identify stolen machinery. This provides chips and data dots that can enable machines to be identified, even if they are victim to the common criminal practice of cloning and modifying stolen vehicles.
Have the Vehicle Identification Number etched on windows. This makes the vehicle more detectable and less appealing to thieves because they have to grind out the numbers. Install immobilisers, chip keys and trackers as these are a simple way to deter criminals or track vehicles and can be fitted easily by an experienced agricultural engineer. 
 
Trailers and horse boxes
Farmers often have no choice but to store trailers outside, but there are still precautions they can take to limit the risk of theft.
Fit locks and wheel locks when the vehicle is not in use; these can also be marked to identify who they belong to.
Paint your postcode on the roof to enable police helicopters to spot it; chances are the thieves won’t know it’s there.  
 





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