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TRACKER saves farmer heartache

Date: 09 May 2012

Keys left in the ignition make vehicles easy targets for thieves

The case of one unfortunate farm owner who has fallen victim to vehicle theft for the second time in two years proves how vulnerable farmers can be. Luckily, he had installed tracking units on both vehicles and they were successfully recovered by stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER
A Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle was stolen in 2010, then recently a Land Rover was taken from the farm with the keys still in the ignition.
“We were very lucky”
The victim recalls, “When the Land Rover was stolen my husband was at a grain store overseeing the arrival of a grain lorry. Of course like many farmers, he left the keys in the vehicle thinking it was perfectly safe. With the noise of the grain lorry loading up, he didn’t realise thieves had taken off in it, until it was too late.
“We were very lucky that we had TRACKER units fitted to both vehicles. If they had not been recovered so quickly it would have caused huge disruption with the running of the farm, not to mention the financial impact. And had the Land Rover not been recovered our insurer would not have paid out as the keys had been left in the ignition. Being tenant farmers we certainly could not afford to replace a £10,000 Land Rover.”
So how does it work? 
TRACKER’s market leading stolen vehicle recovery solutions offer an unrivalled level of protection against theft and significantly increase the chances of recovery. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t know it is there. Unlike other tracking systems, which often rely solely on GPS, TRACKER works even if the vehicle or equipment is hidden in a garage or shipping container. Operated by all 52 police forces, the system is also Thatcham approved, offering added quality assurance and the possibility of an insurance discount.
Police advice
Stuart Chapman, Police Liaison Officer from TRACKER says, “The farming community is particularly vulnerable to having vehicle and specialist equipment stolen. Thieves will watch farms, and as this case illustrates, be bold enough to steal vehicles from right under the owner’s nose. The close working relationship with the Police meant TRACKER recovered the vehicles within 24 hours, saving the farmer a lot of stress and worry.”
Insurance discounts
NFU Mutual, offers insurer members a 12.5% discount off premiums when they fit a TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) unit. Farmers who also mark tractors and plant with CESAR scheme, along with fitting a TRACKER unit, are rewarded with a further 12.5% discount, giving a total saving of 25%.

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