From Paddy the Rural Policeman
We have seen a sharp rise in thefts of Starfire Receivers locally and nationally across the UK during the last few weeks. It is also possible and has occurred that thieves could target other brands of navigation equipment.
Please review your security NOW and take action before thieves strike at your premises.
Due to the value of these systems they have become a target for rural criminals with screens and receivers being stolen and damage caused to tractors in order to access the cabs to steal these machines. Follow these simple steps to secure your equipment;
• Speak your local dealer who will be able to advise you on any protection methods available for your individual systems.
• Remove all GPS guidance receivers, aerials or antenna globe when not in use and keep them locked away in secure locked place when possible.
• Consider fitting security tethers to devices to stop them being removed.
• Setup a pin code to protect your system should it have this facility.
• Consider marking these with UV pen or engraving your postcode or forensic marking such as Datatag are all options to consider. Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are 4 times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.
• Store machinery inside locked barns if possible.
• Where locking machines away isn’t an option consider fitting mains or battery operated alarms to outbuildings or around the perimeter of areas where machines are stored.
• If you are considering fitting CCTV then please fit this as well as alarms as part of a wider system. CCTV cannot be relied on fully as this won’t alert you at the time that you have intruders.
• Do you receive alerts from West Lancashire Rural Watch? If you don’t and would like to sign up please visit In The Know -Lancashire http://www.stayintheknow.co.uk – where we can keep you up to date on emerging crime trends.
• CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are checked regularly to ensure they will work when you need them and they are placed in a position that won’t be triggered by animals or foliage moving in the wind.
• Record machinery serial numbers and photographs for reference. This will help police should they be stolen with press releases and social media appeals furthering the chances of the items being recovered.
• Let employees know the security arrangements that are expected of them while working on the farm and ensure they are consistently adhered to.
• Encourage farm staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or vehicles to the police. We don’t know unless you tell us!
Paddy Stewart – Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer