Farmers urged to fit trackers after thieves caught with Petworth machinery valued at £29,000

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Farmers are being urged to fit tracking devices to all their valuable farm machinery after thieves were caught with vehicles valued at £29,000.

The Yamaha digger and a Thwaites one tonne dumper truck were stolen from a farm in the Petworth area last Wednesday March 29. But they were both quickly recovered by police because they were fitted with special anti-theft devices.

Reporting in the latest bulletin of Sussex Farm Watch a police spokesman said: “It was great news that they were very quickly recovered. May I recommend that if you own expensive vehicles you give serious thought to having them fitted with tracking devices.”

Also last Wednesday thieves got into a barn on land off Kirdford Lane in Billingshurst by breaking two padlocks and three combination locks.

They then stole a Kabuto L400 tractor with an A680 front loader together with a flatbed Ifor Williams trailer.

If anyone saw or heard anything, or has information they should contact police here email or call 101, quoting reference number 0619, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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