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Farm Satellite Guidance Systems TAKE ACTION NOW

Alert message sent 07/07/2021 08:45:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

This is a reminder to all Farmers, contractors and operators of machinery fitted with satellite guidance systems. TAKE ACTION NOW!

Dorset Police have received a report that overnight on 6th July 2021 in the area of Horton, East Dorset, thieves have entered various tractor cabs and stolen screens from these cabs. No entry was forced to these cabs. On the same evening Wiltshire Police have had reports about a theft’s from the Broadchalke area where several GPS domes have been stolen from farms. An investigation in to these thefts has been launched across both forces.

We are trying to locate the following stolen screens from the theft in East Dorset:
  • Fendt Vario display Terminal
  • A Muller controller for a Kuhn fertiliser spreader
  • Trimble TMX screen (serial number 5613550547) GPS guidance
  • 2 x New Holland screens
  • Trimble GFX screen (serial number 5841400390) GPS guidance
If anyone comes across any of these systems or knows of the whereabouts of them please contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting the occurrence number 55210107457.  

Owners of John Deere Starfire 6000 systems just to make you aware there is a new software version available. The new software enables the use of pin code protection to help secure these units. All newly supplied by dealer Starfire 6000 units will come with the software update. The update renders the system useless without the pin protection. So please if you have the SF6000 system do enable the pin protection on it.

John Deere America have also released a video of how to protect your Starfire 6000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YPnCcTEQ1g

Please contact your local John Deere dealer if you have any doubts and they will be able to help and advise you about the best way to update this software.

They will also be able to supply a lockable bracket and pin protected sticker to reduce the chances of this being stolen.

For all other systems please follow these steps to help secure your units:
  • Remove all GPS guidance receivers, aerials or antenna globe when not in use and keep them locked away in secure locked place when possible.
  • Consider fitting security tethers or brackets to stop units being removed.
  • Consider marking screens and GP receivers with UV Marking solutions such as : https://www.datatag.co.uk/gps-survey.php and if you are an NFU Member you are eligible for a discount on the purchase of these kits. More information on this can be found here: https://www.nfuonline.com/membership/nfu-member-rewards/nfu-security-discounts/save-over-15-on-the-new-gps-security-marking-system-from-datatag/   
  • Consider marking these with UV pen or engraving your postcode or forensic marking such as Datatag are all options to consider. Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are 4 times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.
  • We can supply free of charge UV marking kits to members of Farm watch which can be used to mark these pieces of equipment. If you are a member of Farm watch please send us an email to ruralcrimeteam@dorset.pnn.police.uk with your name, address including postcode and the quantity you require and we will post these out to you.   
  • Store machinery inside locked barns if possible.
  • Where locking machines away isn’t an option consider fitting mains or battery operated alarms to outbuildings or around the perimeter of areas where machines are stored.
  • If you are considering fitting CCTV then please consider fitting this as well as alarms as part of a system. CCTV cannot be relied on fully as this won’t alert you at the time that you have intruders.
  • CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are checked regularly to ensure they will work when you need them and they are placed in a position that won’t be triggered by animals or foliage moving in the wind.
  • Record machinery serial numbers and photographs for reference. This will help police should they be stolen with press releases and social media appeals furthering the chances of the items being recovered.
  • Encourage farm staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to the police. We don't know unless you tell us!
Please contact Dorset Police by:
  • Calling 101
  • Calling 999 for a crime in progress. 
  • Visit our website at www.dorset.police.uk
  • Sending an email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk
If you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers Rural Crime Reporting Line by calling 0800 783 0137 or visiting http://www.ruralcrimereportingline.uk.

More crime prevention advice can be found here: https://www.dorset.police.uk/ruralcrime

If you would like a visit to your farm, smallholding or other rural business from the Rural Crime Team or for further crime prevention advice please send an email to the team at ruralcrimeteam@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Message sent by
Tom Balchin (Dorset Police , Police Community Support Officer, Rural Crime Team, Dorset)

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