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Rural crime is still a blight on the farming community
Date: 29 October 2015
According to a survey by The National Rural Crime Network* the true cost of crime in rural areas could exceed £800m – 21 times higher than previous estimates. Demonstrating the resourcefulness of agri-criminals, a JCB Telehandler, stolen from a farm in Lincolnshire, was intercepted by Hertfordshire police officers in South Mimms, hidden in the back of a curtain sided trailer and destined for Eastern Europe. The discovery was made thanks to the help of TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the UK’s leading stolen plant and agricultural recovery provider.
Andy Barrs, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER says: “We already work closely with NaVCIS detectives based in the major UK ports, to stem the tide of stolen agricultural machinery being shipped out of the country. The global trade in stolen agricultural equipment is recognised as a major concern, but to effectively tackle the issue of rural crime, the police, government and other partners must work even more closely together to help prevent the crime from happening in the first place.
“The stolen JCB Telehandler is just one example of how thieves are taking expensive farming equipment abroad, where it disappears for good. The impact this has on farmers goes beyond the cost of replacing the stolen asset, but also loss of business and increased insurance premiums. It is vital therefore, that more is done to stop these criminals before they actually commit the crime,” concludes Barrs.
TRACKER supports CESAR, the Construction Equipment Security & Registration Scheme, supported by the government and major players in the industry. Plant owners who mark equipment with the CESAR database registration, and fit a TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery unit, can save up to 12.5% discount on their insurance premiums. In addition, if they are an NFU customer they can get another 12.5% discount off their insurance premium. In total owners could benefit from a 25% discount off their insurance premium.
Operated by all police forces in the UK, TRACKER is the most advanced tracking device on the market, significantly increasing the chances of recovery.