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NFU renews partnership with vehicle tracking experts

June 3, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

The NFU has renewed its partnership with vehicle recovery experts Tracker in an ongoing bid to clamp down on the number of machines stolen from farms.

The union and the company said their renewed partnership confirmed their commitment to combating farm theft. The relationship sees a range of innovative products now being offered to protect farm machinery and the operators who use it.

Agricultural vehicle theft rose by £500,000 last year, according to the latest figures from NFU Mutual’s annual rural crime report. Farm theft costs climbed to some £44.5m annually – a substantial increase of 13.4% since 2016.

Quad bikes are a particularly lucrative target for thieves – with machines worth £2.3m stolen every year. The continued collaboration with Tracker aims to help NFU members significantly reduce the physical and financial burden theft brings.

In addition to protecting farmers against the loss of a quad bike, NFU and Tracker provide valuable accident and emergency support through its “bike down” feature – aimed at reducing the number of farm fatalities.

Safety alerts

Available on Tracker Vantage, this feature immediately sends an alert to a stored emergency contact should the rider find themselves trapped or injured under an overturned quad bike. This means help can arrive more quickly at the scene of the incident.

Clive Wain, head of police liaison at Tracker, said: “Every year rural crime costs UK businesses tens of millions of pounds and causes unbearable anxiety. We have seen many cases of farm owners losing out on days, or even weeks, of work because equipment or quad bikes were stolen.

“Last year when a Hitachi digger worth £20,000 was stolen, the small business owners thought it was going to be a great loss to the company. Fortunately, the equipment was fitted with a stolen vehicle recovery device, which led police right to the stolen digger within a few hours.”

Working with police

Tracker was the only company which had invested in every UK police force, said Mr Wain. He added: “We are helping them stay one step ahead of thieves, [and] also ensuring that any stolen vehicles or machinery are quickly returned, negating any commercial loss.”

NFU chief land management advisor Sam Durham said Tracker was an important tool to combat crime. He said: “High value machinery often cannot be replaced swiftly and theft puts operations at risk, from feeding livestock to harvesting crops.”

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