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Dorset Police

Alert message sent 08/07/2021 13:55:00

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

Following on from yesterday’s joint post with Wiltshire Rural Crime Team about the GPS and control screen theft in East Dorset and Wiltshire, we have put together our crime prevention advice below to help prevent further thefts.

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.

• If you not going to be using the GPS equipment for a while i.e. while on road work then please remove the dome as this is a moving advert for thieves and its even easier for them to locate you if you use sign written vehicles.

•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. 

• 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
Message sent by
Mark Jones (Dorset Police, PCSO 6269, Sherborne Rural)

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