Of­fi­cers tar­get farms thefts

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

PO­LICE of­fi­cers from across Scot­land are be­ing brought up to speed on how to iden­tify stolen agri­cul­tural plant and ve­hi­cles in a se­ries of train­ing events be­ing run across the coun­try this month.

Fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar se­ries of train­ing events last year, more than 70 po­lice of­fi­cers from across the coun­try will learn how to iden­tify stolen agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles and plant in a bid to fur­ther re­duce the im­pact of crime in ru­ral ar­eas.

The theft of agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles is one of the key pri­or­i­ties iden­ti­fied by the SPARC (Scot­tish Part­ner­ship Against Ru­ral Crime) group and quad bikes, all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles and trail­ers are the most com­mon items to be stolen.

The first of the four aware­ness train­ing events held on Tues­day this week at Auchter­arder in Perthshire. The train­ing events in Aberdeen­shire, Perthshire and La­nark are be­ing de­liv­ered by a po­lice of­fi­cer from the Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Ve­hi­cle In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice (NAVCIS) and an agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cle spe­cial­ist from NFU Mu­tual.

In­spec­tor Jane Don­ald­son, Po­lice Scot­land’s ru­ral crime co- or­di­na­tor, said: ‘Our fo­cus on ru­ral ve­hi­cle crime has al­ready seen an over­all re­duc­tion in the theft of quads and ATVs.’

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