These offences can have a significant impact on the businesses targeted from both the loss and replacement of the equipment taken, to the cost of temporarily reduced activity.
During three days of action, the Rural Task Force were joined by neighbourhood and roads policing teams at Bainton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the lookout for stolen machinery and vehicles.
"Agricultural and plant vehicles are particularly vulnerable to theft, with assets sometimes stolen to order. The total cost of rural crime in 2020 is reported to be in excess of £43 million, with theft of agricultural vehicles accounting for £9.1 million.”
PC Fawcett, added:
"Our region is home to many rural communities and we are passionate about protecting them against those who think they can carry out criminal activity there, The financial and emotional impact to rural communities from these types of offences can be severe. It's not just the cost of replacing the equipment, but also the impact of temporarily reducing activities due to the equipment being stolen."