Meeting to stop farm thefts

FARMERS are being invited to learn about rural crime watch schemes to help guard against farm machinery and fuel thefts.

Pocklington, Holme and Market Weighton NFU branch are holding a meeting on Monday, 7 February, which will include presentations from police crime reduction officers, crime watch officials and security equipment providers.

Mary Foster, group secretary of the local NFU branch, said: “The NFU and the NFU Mutual insurance company are concerned about the level of crime and theft of agricultural vehicles.

“The aim of the meeting is to warn farmers about the dangers and give ideas about how to make their farms secure”.

Last summer there was a spate of farm machinery thefts in the area including high-value tractors and in recent weeks there have been two more tractors stolen.

The soaring price of diesel has led to an increase in fuel theft from agricultural vehicles.

At Monday night’s meeting there will be a representative from Datatag ID Limited to inform farmers about security identity systems which can track stolen equipment.

The meeting will be held at Allerthorpe Golf Club at 7.30pm.

Farmers wanting to attend can call Andrew Scott, of the NFU, on 01377 253208.