Farmers will be able to fight back against the rising number of tractor thefts by having their vehicles marked.
Norfolk Police have teamed up with the National Farmers Union (NFU) and NFU Mutual Insurance to help tackle the problem.
West Norfolk along with the surrounding areas in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire have seen scores of tractors and quad bikes stolen and small 4x4 work vehicles such as John Deere Gators.
Farmers will be able to get the specialist CESAR marking scheme placed on their machinery for a reduced rate during an event at J Goodley and Sons in Tilney St Lawrence on Thursday, November 7.
Chairman of the Downham and Southery NFU branch , Ed Lankfer is encouraging people to come along.
He said: “The average price for a tractor is £80,000 these days, which is what some people will pay for a house. This has got to be a good thing to help identify stolen machinery and it can also reduce your insurance premiums.”
FarmWatch has received reports of a Case tractor and JCB teleporter being stolen in Northwold in the last few months along with scores of quad bikes and gators.
The stolen equipment is believed to be shipped out of the country.
Spokesman Danny Cracknell said: “I would encourage people to take advantage of this. Any marking has got to be better than no marking at all.
“I would also recommend tracker devices being installed on the machinery as well.”
On Thursday, November 7, DataTag staff will be fitting tamper proof identification plates, glass tag transponders at various locations, data DNA solution placed covertly around the vehicle for £99. Log books must be taken to receive the discount for the CESAR marking scheme.
PC Steve Gower, West Norfolk’s crime reduction officer, said: “Property marking is an essential tool, it not only provides a chance for the police to return goods to their rightful owners if stolen and then later recovered, but also deters theft and overt marking especially makes property less attractive to a thief.
“I would also advise farmers to ensure that they have an inventory of all tools and equipment listing their make, value, description and serial numbers. It is also recommended to keep a photographic record of property as well and secure this information in a separate location.”