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Warning to farmers over fears of new spate in Norfolk machinery thefts

Farmers in West Norfolk are being warned to be vigilant amid fears of a potential new wave of GPS system thefts.

Police have confirmed that three incidents have been recorded in the east of the county in the last week.

And NFU Mutual says the current trend is “worryingly similar” to the surge of cases seen in the region last year.

Police news (46829324)
Police news (46829324)

NFU Norfolk county adviser John Newton said: “The loss of this equipment can cause significant disruption to farm businesses.

“We know of NFU members who had to delay their harvest last year after GPS units were stolen from combine harvesters.

“We are urging farmers to protect their equipment and take whatever steps they can to make it difficult for thieves to gain access.

“They should also report any suspicious behaviour, particularly vehicle registration numbers, to the police via 101.”

Norfolk Police Rural Crime Officer, PC Chris Shelley said: “We always urge farmers to be remain vigilant and mark their addresses or postcodes on their tools and equipment.

“When we recover stolen kit, it can be difficult to return it to its rightful owner because we can’t always tell who it belongs to.

“Please paint or engrave your postcode on your tools and machinery because it can make a huge difference.

“If your items are marked with a serial number, know your serial number and if you can possibly avoid it, please try not to leave valuable items in or on machinery. Sometimes the simplest tips are the best.”

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