Warning to agricultural and plant machinery owners after thefts from rural areas

PUBLISHED: 09:58 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 January 2014

Norfolk Police are warning agricultural machinery owners to be vigilant are thefts in rural areas.

Norfolk Police are warning agricultural machinery owners to be vigilant are thefts in rural areas.

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Owners of agricultural and plant machinery are being urged to take precautions to protect their property from thieves.

The warning follows thefts recently reported to police from rural areas.

A theft took place between January 18 at 2pm and 9am the next day, when offenders stole a yellow JCB teleporter from a sugar beet pad on Hythe Road in Feltwell.

Between 9am on January 12 and 7pm on January 18 a John Deere Gator was stolen from a property in South Creake.

Farmers and landowners are being urged to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity in their area immediately and take the proper security measures to protect their property.

Superintendent Carl Edwards said: “Thefts of such high value machinery has a real impact on businesses in our rural communities.

“I would urge people living in those areas to keep a watch out for suspicious activity, take number plates of suspect vehicles where possible, and report it to us immediately the non-emergency number 101. If you believe a crime is in progress always dial 999.”

Norfolk police’s crime prevention tips include:

* No vehicles should be left in a visible place when not in use.

* When vehicles or plant equipment are kept outside they should be locked and the keys secured in your possession or in a locked key safe.

* Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors.

* All property including vehicles should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. This should include serial, chassis and model numbers. Popular options include stamping, etching, UV marking and DNA products.

* Consider fitting a tracking device or a data tagging chip.

* Contact your local crime reduction officer on 101 for more information.

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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