Your tractor is one of your farm’s most valuable and useful pieces of machinery, so it’s important to protect it from thieves.
Last year, rural crime in Britain hit a seven-year high, with theft of farm vehicles and livestock costing the UK £50m according to the insurance company NFU Mutual.
The report found that the sharp rise in rural crime was mainly caused by a huge increase in theft of tractors, quad bikes and farm vehicles, which rose by 26% between 2018 and 2019.
Tractors and other farm vehicles are often targeted by thieves because they have been left unsecured in an isolated and remote location, making them easy targets.
A stolen tractor is not only very expensive to replace, it will also cost your farm business in downtime as well as causing you a headache.
Don’t leave your tractor or other valuable farm vehicles unsecured, use the following tips to protect them from criminals.
Always store your tractor indoors
Where possible, always store your tractor in a locked building. Not only will this make it harder for thieves to access it, it will also help to maintain its condition and extend its lifespan.
Secure your boundaries
Don’t leave your perimeter open to thieves, install a high fence to make access more difficult. If your property is too large to install a boundary around the whole thing, then ensure that the area or building that your tractor is stored in is secured by a fence.
Use a wheel clamp
Always fit a wheel lock on your tractor when it is not in use to prevent thieves from driving it away.
Fit an alarm and tracking device
Fitting your tractor with a motion-detector alarm is an effective way of deterring criminals and preventing theft.
Security mark your vehicles
Use a service like DataTag to get a unique security ID to mark your tractor with, making it easy to identify if it is ever stolen.
If you require help or advice with financing a new tractor, speak to our team here at Richmond Asset Finance. We provide a range of flexible agricultural finance services to help you to grow your business. To discuss your requirements in more detail, give our team a call on 0113 288 3277.