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Farmers use tracking devices to help drop 'agri-crime' by 20 per cent

Date: 08/08/2013 09:25:08
Category: Agricultural machinery tracking
Author: Richard Towey

A range of electronic security devices are helping farmers around Britain protect their assets from thieves and figures show their efforts are paying off. 

In its rural crime survey for 2012, farming insurance company NFU Mutual discovered that agricultural crime - or 'agri-crime' as it's known in some sections of the media - fell by 20 per cent nationally last year.

The exact cost to farmers around the UK dropped from £52.7 million in 2011 down £42.3 million, a fact NFU Mutual attributes to an increased range of advanced security solutions geared towards the rural market.

Cited by thejournal.co.uk, the report claimed that more and more people are investing in technology like closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems for guarding their premises and vehicle tracking devices for their agricultural vehicles.

The latter is particularly important for farmers, as NFU Mutual believes quad bikes, tools and machinery remain at the top of the thieves' wish list.

Indeed, Tim Price, from the insurance group, told bbc.co.uk the drop in the number of thefts was down to improved security features for agricultural vehicles.

"The difficulty policing the countryside is the sheer size of it. And the fact that farmers and other country businesses can't just return everything to a locked compound," he commented. "You can't chain your sheep down and you can't always have your tractor back in the yard." 

These systems quite often complement some of the more traditional security methods, like the use of geese to alert homeowners to trespassers and the mixing of louder animals in with livestock for a cost-effective alarm system.

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