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Crime Fighting Tractor Unveiled At Thame Market!

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12:02pm 1st April 2011
(Updated 12:22pm 1st April 2011)

A crime fighting tractor has been unveiled today at Thame Market, and it wasn't an April fool.

It's part of a campaign to get farmers marking their equipment, and fitting it with tracking and anti-theft devices.

The police tractor was paid for by local firms, and has the same colours and markings as a police car.

TRACTOR police 1A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police told Mix 96: "A super-secure tractor is to begin a tour of major rural events in the Thames Valley in a bid to reduce crime."

"The John Deere tractor will carry a variety of security technology and tags and will be taken to countryside events by neighbourhood teams."

"It will be used to demonstrate the benefits of fitting a Cesar security marking scheme, tracking and anti-theft devices."

"The tractor is being supplied by Farol tractor dealers and when not being used, will be kept at their dealership in Thame."

The arrangement was set up by PC Paul Gregory from the Thame Neighbourhood Team. He said: "The tractor will act as an engagement tool at large countryside events."

"We will fit it with as much security technology as possible and use it to draw people in and allow us to explain why it is vital tractors and other farm equipment is made as secure as possible."

"The average new tractor costs around £60,000 but this can rise to £120,000, which makes it equivalent to an entry level Porsche 911 or a Bentley."

"Anyone with one of these vehicles would protect them as much as possible, and at the very least fit them with a tracker and anti-theft device and I hope this tractor will allow us to educate people into doing the same with their agricultural vehicles.”

"In 2010, 228 plant and agricultural vehicles were stolen. In 2009, there were 254 similar offences. Last year in England and Wales 1,975 tractors and other agricultural vehicles were stolen at a cost to the NFU Mutual in excess of £10m."

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