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Farmers turn to technology to tackle machinery thefts

A rural crime conference will be held at Kettering, Northamptonshire on 10 November 2011 for the first time to step up the fight against increasingly professional thefts of farm machinery.

Figures released by PANIU (Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit) indicate that in the past three months, the number of notable high-value thefts fell by 34pc to 913 – down from 1,400 in the quarter to March,

While thefts of plant and machinery have become increasingly professional, more manufacturers are fitting in-factory security tracking devices as standard.  JCB are now fitting anti-theft devices on more than 80pc of their new machines.

All manufacturers have seen a fall in theft rates, with Volvo and Caterpillar having the biggest fall. The number of thefts of John Deere tractors has fallen year-on-year from 70 in the three months to June last year to 53 this year.

Thieves have resorted to looking out for older plant and machines which don’t have the latest security features fitted as standard to avoid detection.  In almost three years, PANIU has helped to recover £6.9m worth of stolen agricultural machinery.