Help to prevent farm vehicle theft, urge police

POLICE in Magherafelt, working in partnership with the P.C.S.P and CESAR marking scheme, are helping farmers to prevent the theft of vital farm vehicles, such as tractors, plant and quads, by holding a unique ‘CESAR IT’ day on Thursday, September 13 at Draperstown Mart.

CESAR is a registration scheme giving peace of mind that your equipment is protected by state of the art technology, it is a visual deterrent to thieves and aids identification making it easier to return to its owner if stolen and recovered. CESAR has the added benefits of having no annual fees and reducing insurance costs. The system is approved and recommended by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The fitting of the popular CESAR vehicle marking system will be offered at a hugely reduced price at the event at Draperstown Mart, Derrynoyd Road, Draperstown on Thursday 13th September 2012. Places must be booked in advance.

The first 20 farmers who register for the CESAR IT day can have the benefit of a CESAR kit fitted to one of their vehicles at a price of £69 (plus VAT) for larger machinery and £59 (plus VAT) for quads etc. This is a huge reduction on the standard ex-VAT prices of £150 and £140 respectively.

Crime Prevention Officer Gillian Dixon said: “This scheme is just one of a range of events and projects such as our successful trailer marking days and rural text alert system for farmers being run by G District to help prevent agricultural crime and raise awareness of crime prevention measures.”

Cathy Doyle of Pirtek Belfast, suppliers of the CESAR system in Northern Ireland, added: “As an additional incentive to farmers to benefit from the ‘CESAR It’ day, Pirtek Belfast will refund one lucky farmer the cost of their CESAR Kit! This coupled with the discounts on insurance available for having CESAR fitted makes this offer too good to miss.”

The event forms part of Northern Ireland-wide action by the Police Service to tackle farm thefts and help members of the rural community to protect their property, and it is being supported by the Ulster Farmers Union.

Places must be booked in advance. To register for the ‘CESAR It’ event please contact Cathy Doyle of Pirtek Belfast on 028 9036 2591 or email cathy.doyle@pirtekbelfast.co.uk.

Farmers can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer for more information on preventing thefts. Call 0845 600 8000.