Three men have been charged with conspiracy to handle stolen goods after farm equipment worth more than £20,000 was recovered at auction.
An investigation by Northamptonshire Police and Cumbria Police led to the recovery of the machinery earlier this year, with goods returned to at least eight victims within Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties.
William Fury, aged 52, of Howard Biley Gardens, Northampton, Joseph Fury, aged 27, of Jubilee Drive, Walgrave, and William Fury, aged 30, of Knox Road, Wellingborough, have all been charged with conspiracy to dishonestly receive stolen goods in Carlisle, Cumbria, on or before 1 January 2017.
All three will appear before magistrates in Carlisle on September 12.
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Good security is crucial to protecting your property. But as no two farms or rural businesses are the same, there’s no standard, one-size-fits-all solution.
However, there is good practice!
To understand how attractive your property might look to a thief, simply go to the nearest road or footpath and look at it through their eyes.
Are there any signs that security is good, like CCTV or gates? Are there many people about? Have vehicles and tools been locked away, or are they on show?
Security for your rural business or property falls into three main categories. It’s a good idea to do as much as you can.
Follow this simple checklist to help keep your farm vehicles safe.
1. Remove keys and lock cars
Don’t make it easy for thieves, even if you only leave your vehicle for a minute.
2. Keep gates to yards closed
Open gates can be an open invitation to thieves. If the gate’s unlocked, what else might be?
3. Fit CESAR marking systems
CESAR marking makes tractors, quads and other vehicles far less attractive to thieves.
4. Consider fitting immobilisers
Thieves target tractors with less security. But if they can’t start it, they can’t take it.
5. Have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched on vehicle windows
Stealing your vehicles is less profitable if a thief has to replace all that glass.
6. Consider tracking devices
Fitting GPS trackers to more expensive vehicles and machinery means you’ll always know where they are.
7. Physically secure ATVs
Heavy-duty security chains and padlocks will usually deter the opportunist.
8. Record machinery serial numbers
Providing serial numbers helps police and insurers recover stolen machines and bring criminals to justice.
9. Store equipment and vehicles out of sight
Equipment left in the yard, machinery left in fields - if it’s in view, it’s vulnerable.