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Agricultural machinery at risk of theft

Date: 28/11/2012 15:44:45
Category: Agricultural machinery tracking
Author: Chris Taylor

'Agricultural equipment' has been highlighted as a top grab for Christmas thieves this year by Nottinghamshire Police.

According to the worksopguardian.co.uk, one of the county's local forces is warning that some bargains - particularly those of high value from rural areas - really are too good to be true this Christmas.

The advice comes as recent crime statistics shows that criminals are finding sheds and garages an easy target in rural parts of Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood. While agricultural vehicles and machinery are a top attractions for thieves, Manton Police are warning that practically any valuable items could be targeted.

As such they are advising residents not to encourage these kinds of thefts by buying vehicles or other commodities from local "Del Boys".

Acting Detective Sergeant Gary Hewson said: "You may think you are getting a 'cushty' deal from your local Del Boy, but if you are caught buying stolen goods you are the fool who risks jail.

"In these tough economic times we all love a good bargain, especially as we approach Christmas, but the deals you get from the person up the road or in the back room at your local pub are most likely to be goods stolen from your neighbours."

Mr Hewson added that the penalties associated with handling stolen goods is severe. Those caught can face up to seven years in jail, eviction from their home or seizure of their assets, he said.

"Let's not mince words here. If you are found guilty of buying stolen goods, this time next year you won't be a millionaire, you'll be in jail," he warned.

Shed and garage burglaries are up a massive 56 per cent on last year, leading to the force issuing the advice. They are also suggesting that locals get their property security marked and secure their expensive outdoor items with locks attached to sheds and garages.

It is part of a wider crime-fighting strategy entitled 'Operation Fagin', a policing and crime prevention strategy to reduce the market for stolen goods, says nottinghamshire.police.uk.

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