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A rise in thefts across North Yorkshire has sparked a warning to owners of plant and agricultural machinery

A rise in thefts across North Yorkshire has sparked a warning to owners of plant and agricultural machinery

8:16am 19th August 2010

A warning to owners of plant and agricultural machinery in North Yorkshire.

There's been a rise in thefts in the county with items already stolen in Borougbridge, Malton and Scarborough.

Two-hundred-thousand-pounds worth of stolen machinery has also been recovered in Selby.

Two men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the find - one aged 44 and from Goole, the other aged 70 and from Knottingley.

Chief Superintendent Alison Higgins of North Yorkshire Police, said:" This type of crime costs businesses millions of pounds a year.

"We have a robust operation in place to combat this growing trend and bring those responsible to justice.  However, owners of machinery must take every precaution they can to help keep their property secure. These are valuable business assets and their loss can greatly affect a business's continuity and service."

To protect your machinery:
o Keep in a locked compound overnight
o Install security lighting and CCTV
o Make sure the equipment is clearly marked with your company livery
o Use physical restraints and hydraulic locks
o Fit immobilisers
o Consider the use of tracking devices
o Remove vulnerable machinery from sites overnight
o Ensure you keep accurate records of your equipment
o Register your plant with CESAR (Equipment & Registration Scheme to the Construction & Agricultural Industry)

Members of the public can also help by reporting any suspicious activity to police on 0845 60 60 247 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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