Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Farm crime warning

On loan from Burkes of Cornascriebe until the early autumn, the police-liveried New Holland T6050 (pictured right) is the latest recruit of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and has been patrolling shows to focus attention on their latest campaign to reduce farm theft in the region.

The PSNI are very keen to get the important messages of basic crime prevention and personal responsibility across.

It's estimated agricultural crime accounted for 4pc of all crime in Britain and Northern Ireland during 2011 -- and, according to NFU Mutual, is costing the agricultural sector nearly £4m (€5m) a year.

To help reduce the likelihood of farm vehicle theft, the police suggest the following measures:

nRemove keys and secure unattended vehicles;

nFit CESAR marking systems and immobilisers to valuable tractors;

nUse security lights in yards and drives;

nHave the registration number etched on vehicle windows;

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nConsider tracking devices for expensive vehicles;

nRecord serial numbers;

nBe vigilant -- lock all gates where possible.

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