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Farmers in Eye, Bedingfield and Friston urged to remain vigilant following GPS equipment thefts





Farmers are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of GPS equipment thefts in three villages.

The first took place overnight between 7pm on March 29 and 7am on March 30 when a farm in Friston, East Suffolk, had three GPS trackers and three Pro 700 screens taken from three tractors.

About 300 litres of Ad Blue was also drained out of a container and taken, with the total value of the equipment coming to around £15,000.

Farmers are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of GPS equipment thefts
Farmers are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of GPS equipment thefts

The second theft took place some time between Monday April 3 at 9pm and Tuesday April 4 at 7.15am in Bedingfield, Mid Suffolk.

Three GPS screens, a total control screen and three GPS domes were taken from three tractors.

The third incident, which took place some time between 4pm on Monday April 3 and 7am on Tuesday April 4 at a farm in Hoxne, near Eye, where a GPS system was taken from a tractor – the estimated value of which was £10,000.

Police have linked the three incidents and believe those responsible had a high level of knowledge of how to access the sites and their units.

Farmers have been asked to stay vigilant to suspicious activity and police have advised the following:

  • If possible, remove all kit from machines when not in use, especially if the machinery is left out overnight.
  • Review security at your premises, as well as premises where such equipment is serviced and sold
  • Record the serial number and take a digital image of the serial number.
  • Security mark the kit, possibly with a UV marker or permanent black marker, with the name of your location and postcode to make it unattractive to a would-be thief
  • Farmers are also advised to use this security checklist

Enquires are on-going to establish who is responsible for the thefts and anyone who has seen any suspicious activity relating to theses incident or knows of the whereabouts of the stolen goods should call Suffolk police on 101, quoting the relevant crime number.

For the Friston incident, quote 37/18531/23. For the Bedingfield incident, quote 37/19528/23. For the Hoxne incident, quote 37/19778/23.