Police in the Hambleton area are warning farmers to be on their guard against diesel thieves following a number of fuel thefts from farm machinery.
Between 15 and 25 August, diesel has been stolen from combine harvesters and tractors in the Vale of York area.
Inspector Paul Stephenson of Hambleton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The area has suffered a number of thefts over the past few days when farm machinery has been left unattended in fields.
"We would encourage farmers and owners of agricultural machinery to take simple preventative measures such as concealing the vehicle from view or locking up in a secure shed or barn where possible.
We would encourage farmers and owners of agricultural machinery to take simple preventative measures such as concealing the vehicle from view or locking up in a secure shed or barn where possible
Paul Stephenson - Hambleton Safer Neighbourhood Team
“Fit a locking fuel cap, and don’t fill the vehicles to the brim with fuel. Keep fuel pumps and tanks under lock and key and ensure gate and shed locks are good quality and in good working order.
“I would also urge farmers and the rural community to join the Vale Watch scheme which operates a text messaging alert system warning members of current crime issues and trends.
“This is also open to non-farming members of the community such as gamekeepers, small holders, local businesses, equestrian and those involved in other countryside pursuits.
“The scheme is run in partnership with the NFU and Trading Standards and is an excellent way to raise awareness and help combat the effects of rural crime.”
To join the Vale Watch scheme contact PC Mark Atkinson at Easingwold Police Station or email email@example.com
If anyone sees any suspicious activity, please report to police immediately on 0845 60 60 247.
27 August 2008