Thefts of agricultural equipment are an ever-increasing problem for farmers, a recent NFU survey found 42% of respondents have fallen victim to at least one incident of theft in the last year.
The NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report found in 2019, the cost of rural crime rose too £54.3 million which was mostly driven by thefts of high-value tractors, quad bikes, and other farm vehicles.
For that reason, the NFU has launched the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ initiative to re-emphasise simple preventative methods that can be put in place to reduce the chances of becoming a victim, it includes a range of member discounts on crime prevention equipment.
Prevention is key
The NFU is urging members to protect their equipment and take appropriate steps to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to gain access.
The NFU’s Rural Crime Hub has a wealth of information on types of thefts and how best members can protect themselves against them. Download our Farm Security Guide: Preventing & Reporting Crime for more prevention tips and reporting advice.
NFU security discounts
The NFU has a range of security discounts including savings on CCTV systems, dash cams, asset marking and machinery trackers. Eligible NFU members can also benefit from the NFU Illegal Encampment Service and the NFU Fly-Grazing Service.