SEVERAL farmers have reported thefts of over £30,000 worth of equipment.
Humberside Police have received reports of thefts of GPS systems from agricultural tractors, including at Goodmanham, near Market Weighton (25 March) and Wressle, near Howden (1 April).
More than £35,000 worth of GPS receivers and displays were stolen from farm vehicles.
Rural Task Force officer PC Josh Fawcett said: “These recent thefts have had a devastating impact on farmers.
“It’s hard enough to produce the country’s food without people stealing their property.
“Agricultural machinery is a massive investment for a farmer, and it must be protected from opportunistic thieves.
“Please ensure your device is properly insured as it may need to be a separate part of your insurance, particularly once removed from the machine.
“We also advise people to consider installing CCTV, intruder alarms, security lighting and boundary security around your property to provide formal surveillance and target the most vulnerable areas.
“We cannot physically be everywhere at the same time and our communities are our eyes and ears in the countryside.”
Humberside Police are asking the public to immediately report any suspicious activity to police on 999 if there is a crime in progress or 101 for non-emergency incidents.
For more information on how to protect your farm, property and equipment, please visit the website: https://www.humberside.police.uk/wildlife-and-rural-crime.