Officers target farms thefts
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.’