Speaking at the Farm Safety & Security event held at Forfar Mart recently Jeremy Parker, local agent for leading rural insurer NFU Mutual, warned farmers and smallholders to review their security following a sharp rise in tractor and quad thefts.
New figures from NFU Mutual, which insures over 70 per cent of UK farmers, show that the value of UK tractor claims increased by 35 per cent in the two months to the end of January compared with the corresponding period last year, reversing the downward trend enjoyed since figures peaked in 2010.
The agri-crime wave is not restricted to tractors, with thefts of quad bikes, telescopic loaders and utility vehicles also on the rise.
It also follows a period of intense activity to improve tractor security and policing which has involved farmers, police forces throughout the UK, the Borders Agency and NFU Mutual. Over the last two years, manufacturers have started to introduce unique keys to most tractor models, the CESAR marking system has become widespread on new tractors, as has been retro-fitting to older machines.
NFU Mutual’s website www.nfumutual.co.uk includes detailed advice on security call 01307 463785.