Prevention of Theft of Heavy Agricultural and Construction Machines

Plant hire Bicester of farm and construction equipment has become a major problem in the united kingdom and Europe and is a thing that all farmers and owners of quality value machinery must now be familiar with. In the past manufacturers have already been very slow in introducing security features on machinery making things such as tractors and telescopic forklifts super easy for fast and lucrative pickings. This is made even easier with the insane fact that one key fits many machines. It seems beyond comprehension that has been allowed to happen at all for so a long time. Each year in the united kingdom alone around �50-70 million of heavy plant and farm machinery gets stolen. And a little fraction of the is recovered.

To combat this manufactures have finally decided to take action. Massey Ferguson for instance have started installing new vehicle immobilizing systems which is able to shut down the fuel supply to the engine and to lock the hydraulic system by using an electro-mechanical valve which is operated via a key-fob or pin number system. This coupled with a tracker system using GPS if criminals do have the ability to overcome the security features helps it be far more likely that the gear will undoubtedly be recovered. Currently only 5% of stolen agricultural and plant machinery is recovered.

Manufacturers like McCormick, John Deere and Landini now work with a data tag micro dot coded identification system which registers your tractor, this can’t be read by the eye but can be read by the police with the correct equipment.

Just what exactly can we do to greatly help prevent machines which have not been fitted with one of these elaborate systems from being stolen? Even though it goes without saying you should never leave your machines unlocked with the main element inside even if it is sitting in your yard. Easily installed hidden immobilizing switches can be fitted to the machines electrical system, although this technique is not 100% effective and will possibly be bypassed by someone it will require diagnosis which takes valuable time which your average thief doesn’t have.

A simple thing just like the removal of fuses if the machine is not being used for any length of time is worth considering. However if crime in your area is particularly bad then it really is worth taking into consideration fitting an off the shelf immobilizing systems, these could be purchase for quite reasonable prices. These security systems can be easily fitted either with the use of a long-lasting battery or using the on board power supply to charge the system and will send the owner a message via telephone or email if the tractor is moved when it should be out of use or if it is moved out of a specific area, it could then be tracked quickly using GPS systems for quick recovery.

Always be vigilant and report anything suspicious in your area. Should you be unlucky enough to have turn into a victim of crime allow police know and then register your lost equipment online to let other people become aware so others do not get caught out buying your stolen goods.

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