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Witness Appeal - theft of digger

Alert message sent 28/08/2019 12:22:00

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Witness appeal
We are appealing for potential witnesses following the theft of a digger in Stoke Goldington. The incident took place between Thursday 22nd August at 16.00hrs and Friday 23rd August at 08.00hrs. During this time offender/s unknown have removed a digger and wacker plate from a property undergoing construction work. If you were around this area during these times and may have dash cam footage or CCTV on your property showing the digger being removed we want to hear from you. You can reply to this message, call 101 or email the team on MKNorthCluster@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

Plant and Equipment Theft
Items including small tractors and trailers, sit-on mowers, mini diggers and high value metals can prove appealing to thieves if not secured properly.
To reduce the chance of being targeted consider:
  • Are you overlooked or isolated - having the public around can deter thieves.
  • Well lit or gloomy - a site that is well lit when not in use is less attractive to thieves than one sitting in darkness.
  • Are there good transport links for removing the machinery quickly and easily.
  • Are you in a high crime area.
  • How easy would resale of the stolen items be.
  • Do you have a stable, experienced workforce.
Next look at what you can do to make the site harder to target.
There are a number of systems which are recognised as deterring thieves:
  • Identification marking makes items harder to resell and easier to identify if recovered.
  • Mechanical deterrents - industry recognised locking systems on steering and brake systems can delay thieves by several minutes per device.
  • Vehicle immobilisers can be expensive but very effective ways of safeguarding your machinery.
  • Tracking systems help your property to be traced.
Advice to plant owners:
  • Use security lighting and alarms around your outbuildings.
  • Mark your machinery, particularly ride on mowers and tractor type machinery, with forensic marking products so that if they are stolen and recovered by the police they can be more easily traced back to you.
  • Block smaller machinery in using larger vehicles which are harder to move.
  • Put warning signs up around your premises indicating that you have high security measures in place.
  • Put signs up asking members/visitors to report any suspicious activity immediately.
  • Consider the use of a security company.
  • Erect fencing and lighting around the site.
  • Ensure vehicles are locked and keys stored securely.
For further advice, please visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2262/Plant-and-Equipment-Theft
Or https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/
 
Message sent by
Michelle Michel (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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