Protecting your tractor from theft
It's an unfortunate reality that theft of tractors and plant machinery is widespread and although it's not the most common type of theft, it still costs the farming industry millions of pounds each year.
Good quality tractors and plant machinery do not cheap and this makes them attractive targets for potential thieves. There's a thriving market for stolen tractors and other equipment such as dumpers and diggers, with some stolen items even being transported out of the country.
Steps you can take to prevent theft of your tractor
Obviously, with tractors and plant machinery being such expensive items and hi9ghly sought after, there is no absolutely fool proof way of preventing your equipment from being stolen. There can never absolutely guarantee against theft but we will explain some steps that you can take to minimise the risk of it happening to you. Also, there are some tips to follow to help you trace your tractor if it were to be stolen.
What is stolen?
Obviously, the actual tractor itself is a juicy target for experienced thieves, but parts, attachments and items such as tyres can be targeted too - or even fuel siphoned out of tanks.
What can you do to prevent theft?
It's obvious, of course, but the simplest way to protect a tractor from theft is to lock it away in a secure location, such as an outbuilding or barn. If this isn't possible then considering buying security motion sensor lighting would be sensible. At the very least, this will draw attention to movements and can deter thieves - or alert you to something suspicious happening outside.
Invest in some sort of heavy-duty locks or thread heavy and durable chains through the wheel. This will make your equipment more difficult to steal.
Carry out regular checks on all your equipment. Note down serial numbers and model numbers as well as any specifics about the physical condition of the tractor, for example - any scratches or dents. This could make it easier to identify your tractor and easier to trace in the event of it being stolen.
Other methods of protection
Installing security ramps are a good way to deter potential thieves and another excellent option is to consider installing CCTV. If you actively take steps to protect your property, it becomes a less attractive target and it's likely that thieves will look elsewhere to somewhere that seems less security conscious.