Police advice for farmers following GPS and navigation equipment thefts

Humberside Police is offering some common sense tips to farmers in the area following a number of tractor GPS and navigation equipment thefts across the county.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 9:55 am
There has been a number of tractor GPS thefts across the Humberside Police force area. Photo courtesy of Humberside Police.
There has been a number of tractor GPS thefts across the Humberside Police force area. Photo courtesy of Humberside Police.

A police spokesman said: “These units are essential piece of equipment for the farming community and as such we would like to offer some simple crime prevention advice covering the best measures to protect your GPS and navigation equipment, and to help combat rural crime.

“Remember if you witness any suspicious activity involving persons or vehicles please report to police immediately on 999 or 101 for non-emergency incidents.”

The advice includes:

Tractor GPS screens

○ Remove screens when not in use – ensure they are left in a safe and secure location.

○ Mark screens using Forensic Marking and use the provided stickers to advertise forensic marking is in use

○ Record serial numbers

Tractor GPS Receivers

○ If not in use, disconnect, remove and secure in a safe location

○ Remove from roof if not in use and tractor is being used on road – this will prevent advertising the fact you have a receiver

○ Ensure the software is up to date, and marked with security warning stickers

○ Fit locking cradle on roof is there is a necessity to leave outside overnight

○ Consider securing the tractor in a locked alarmed shed

○ Record serial numbers

○ Please also consider CCTV, Intruder Alarms, security lighting and boundary security (entrance gates/fencing) around your property to provide formal surveillance and target harden the most vulnerable areas.

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