Unfortunately the theft of agriculture plant and machinery is an ever growing issue across the UK.
Items of plant and machinery are hugely expensive and easy to sell for profit and often targeted by organised criminal groups. Agriculture vehicle theft cost £9.1m. (Source NFU Mutual rural crime report 2021)
The rural affairs unit will continue to visit victims and farms and will also be holding events in the coming months across the force area to promote good preventative measures and practice surrounding securing your agriculture plant and machinery to prevent theft of these items.
Thursday 28th April, 2022
The unit attended Frome agriculture market this week, where they carried out a crime prevention event.
This event was mainly focussed on preventing the theft of agriculture trailers.
With collaborative working with partners DATATAG and NFU the unit managed to mark 38 agriculture trailers during the event as well as giving some useful crime preventative advice to our farming communities.
Thursday 14th April, 2022
Officers from the unit have recovered two stolen agriculture trailers in recent weeks. Investigations are on-going in reference to both of these incidents.
This shows the Importance of reporting all rural crime and the marking of your property correctly to enable identification to be carried out.
Advice: Please consider taking photos and collating all VIN, chassis, serial numbers of all your property to assist in any identification.
Saturday 26th March, 2022
Following a recent report of a theft of a mini excavator in Dorset, two men were arrested on suspicion of theft this week after a joint operation at a location in Somerset with the rural affairs unit and our colleagues from the Dorset rural crime team. Investigations are currently on-going as we continue to tackle rural crime and the theft of plant and machinery.