Prevention of Theft of Heavy Agricultural and Construction Machines

Theft of farm and construction equipment has become a major problem in the UK and Europe and is a thing that all farmers and owners of high value machinery must now be aware of. In the past manufacturers have been very slow in introducing security features on machinery making things such as tractors and telescopic forklifts super easy for fast and lucrative pickings. That is made even easier with the insane proven fact that one key fits many machines. It appears beyond comprehension that this has been allowed to happen at all for so a long time. Each year in the UK alone an estimated �50-70 million of heavy plant and farm machinery gets stolen. And a tiny fraction of this is recovered.

To combat this manufactures have finally made a decision to take action. Massey Ferguson for instance have started installing new vehicle immobilizing systems which is able to shut down the fuel supply to the engine also to lock the hydraulic system with the use of an electro-mechanical valve which is operated via a key-fob or pin number system. This coupled with a tracker system using GPS if criminals do have the ability to over come the security features helps it be far more likely that the gear will undoubtedly be recovered. Currently only 5% of stolen agricultural and plant machinery is recovered.

Manufacturers like McCormick, John Deere and Landini now use a data tag micro dot coded identification system which registers your tractor, this cannot be read by the human eye but can be read by the police with the correct equipment.

Just what exactly can we do to greatly help prevent machines that have not been fitted with one of these elaborate systems from being stolen? Even though Plant hire Buckingham goes without saying you must never leave your machines unlocked with the main element inside even if it is sitting in your yard. Easily installed hidden immobilizing switches could be suited to the machines electrical system, although this technique is not 100% effective and may possibly be bypassed by someone it will take diagnosis which takes precious time which your average thief doesn’t have.

A simple thing like the removal of fuses if the machine is not being used for any length of time will probably be worth considering. However if crime in your area is particularly bad then it really is worth considering fitting an off the shelf immobilizing systems, these could be purchase for quite reasonable prices. These security systems could be easily fitted either by using a long-lasting battery or using the on board power supply to charge the system and will send the owner a note via telephone or email if the tractor is moved when it should be out of use or if it’s moved out of a specific area, it could then be tracked quickly using GPS systems for quick recovery.

Continually be vigilant and report anything suspicious in your area. If you are unlucky enough to have become a victim of crime allow police know and then register your lost equipment online to let other people become aware so others don’t get caught out buying your stolen goods.

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