We have been informed of the theft of a Greenstar roof unit and screen from the cab of a tractor which was parked in farmyard in West Norfolk. The theft took place during the day between 3pm and 4.30pm. This is the first theft we are aware of taking place during the day from a tractor parked in the open. It is thought that the thieves must have watched the tractor and the yard to wait until the farmer had left the farm.
We have previously warned farmers to secure the machinery with Greenstar units inside buildings with an intruder alarm.
Please report any suspicious vehicles to Farmwatch with date and time and location and description of occupants.
We are approaching the time of year when the thefts of the Greenstar GPS systems will become a problem.
We have a simple alarm system that can be installed inside your tractor cab. The device will be hard wired into the tractor and monitor the GPS system and will notify you when someone is removing the items.
In the past thieves have managed to work undetected in buildings and out in the field without being disturbed. Our system is silent but will contact up to 8 persons on activation.
The system will cost from £300.00 plus VAT per system. This is a small amount to pay to monitor a £12000.00 GPS system.
During the Spring drilling period in 2016, several systems were stolen from farms in East Anglia and on more than one occasion more than one system was stolen from the same farm.
Give us a call or drop an email and we will quote for installation. The system can be used to monitor other areas of the farm when the GPS is not fitted to the machines. We are using them to monitor irrigation pump fuel and batteries and the opening of farm gates etc. The system requires a SIM card to operate and a 12 volt supply.
Farmers are warned that there has been a steep rise in reports of thefts of batteries from farms and commercial premises. You are advised to mark your batteries with either a post code or a DNA marking Fluid. Norfolk Police are recommending that batteries are painted a bright colour. Whatever method you use it needs to identify where the battery is stolen from. Please make sure you have a marking system that identifies the battery as yours.
Do not make it easy for thieves, keep doors to buildings closed and if you have gates to farm try to keep them closed. Automatic gates will help keep your yard secure. An alarm system will notify you when intruder are on site.
We are able to supply and install gate automation and intruder alarms.
Landowners are warned that thieves have recently started to dig up snowdrops and bluebells from woodlands. In one incident near South Pickenham the thieves have dug up a substantial quantity of snowdrop bulbs and put them into trays ready to take away. The thieves had left the bulbs worth approximately £3000.00 on site. They were probably disturbed.
At Narborough offenders have dug an area of bulbs and on this occasion have taken the bulbs away from the site. There were a quantity of the trays similar to those left near South Pickenham.
The police are keen for any information which may assist in tracing the offenders. If you have any information regarding the theft or that may assist the police you may call Farmwatch Limited or Crimestoppers.
Below is the list of Agricultural Chemicals stolen from a farm near Downham Market Norfolk. The offenders have smashed their way through the brick wall of the chemical store.
The chemicals stolen were
2 x 1L Dupont justice
60L (12x5L) Wing P
2 x 10L Stomp Aqua
1.5 cans (15L) Bravo 500
2 x 10L Vertex Hi-N-34
4 x 5L of Terpal
5 x 5L of Plover
2 x 5L Aviator xpro
1 x 5L Amistar
12 x 1L of Tempo
10L of Chord
1 x 2L of Venzar Flowable
3 x 15L of Stabilan – 750
1 x 5L fusillade Max
Omex SW7 silcon based nutrient, spilt outside container left.
If you are offered any of these items or have any information regarding the theft please call Farmwatch or Crimestoppers
Unfortunately the chemical store did not have an alarm system installed. Farmwatch Limited could have installed an alarm system to monitor the chemical store for approximately £600.00. If you do not have an intruder alarm on your chemical store now may be the right time to consider one.
Enroll with our Farmwatch service for added security benefits for your farm or property.