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Farmers are being urged to be remove GPS devices from tractors overnight following recent thefts in other counties.
Advice to prevent thefts of GPS devices includes:
Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, commander of Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, is one of the force’s leads for rural and wildlife crime. He said: “This trend is deeply worrying for farmers who are investing in high-tech equipment to make their farms more efficient and reduce pollution.
“In an attempt to stop thieves targeting GPS kits, some manufacturers now provide personal identification numbers (PINs) to prevent the equipment being used by others.
“Most GPS kits in use on farms today are fitted to tractors as an easily-removable accessory. To prevent thefts, farms should remove the kit when it’s not in use and store it under lock and key.”
Report any suspicious behaviour by messaging Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, calling 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.