Police warning as thieves target farms

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Tayside Police are urging farmers not to leave farm machinery or vehicles unattended in fields overnight.

Recently a large quantity of fuel was stolen from a combine harvester which was parked in a field overnight.

Unfortunately the large quantities of fuel such machines hold, the quiet unclassified roads which border the fields and darker nights drawing in make fuel thefts attractive to criminals.

Claire Taylor, Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, said:

“Don’t make it easy for a thief by leaving expensive machinery and large quantities of fuel lying at the side of roads.

“Farm vehicles and machinery should be secured away at the end of the working day in suitable outbuildings which are secured by key operated locks.

“Simply securing the vehicles themselves in a field is not a sufficient form of security. Furthermore, vehicles and machinery should be refuelled in the morning to prevent them being left overnight with large quantities of fuel.

“Consideration should also be given to joining a Farm Watch in your area.”

Anyone with information that they think may be useful to the police in relation to any incidents should contact Tayside Police at 0300 111 2222 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.