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Keep farm tools secure this Spring

11 Apr 2017 12:25 PM

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Police are advising people in rural communities to keep their tools safe and secure when working outside.

Now that Spring is finally here there is more activity on farms and land across Northumberland involving the use of expensive tools and machinery.

While it can be tempting to leave expensive tools outside, or even overnight, while work is underway - this can be a boon for the opportunist thief.

This time of year also means spending more hours on the land looking after stock and includes maintenance to outbuildings or large farm machinery in readiness for use later on.

Superintendent Andy Huddleston said: "While the Spring weather means longer working hours for the farming community, it can also encourage criminals, opportunist thieves, to venture outdoors to see what they can find lying around to steal.

"We want to remind people to keep tools safe and secure when they're not being used. Especially after finishing work for the day.

"Expensive power tools and machinery can easily add up to hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

"We would encourage people to take extra security measures around their land and outbuildings. It's worth spending a little on simple security devices to save a lot in the future.

"We also want people to be vigilant and ring the police if they see any suspicious activity around their property or a neighbour's. Remember if you see activity that looks odd or out of place, report it to us straightaway.

"Ring us and report this kind of behaviour and help prevent crimes from happening."


People can help to prevent thefts by:

Visibly marking machinery and power tools. Make a note of serial numbers and photograph valuable items

Installing external security lighting

Using strong coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges. Consider fitting a specialist shed bar or garage lock. Fit a grille across the window.

Securing tools after use - never leave them out in the open

Chaining up large tools - consider using specialist tool holders and clamps

Alarming outbuildings or barns.


To help prevent crime in rural communities people are encourage to join Farmwatch, for more information visit

https://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/rural_and_farm_crime/farm_watch/