Rural Crime Alert - update

Published: 30 March 2023

Rural Crime Alert

Published 30th March 2023

Devon and Cornwall Police rural affairs team are asking farmers, landowners and the public to be on
alert in rural areas as we experience an increase in incidents of rural crime across Devon and Cornwall.

Over recent weeks there has been an increase in the theft of agricultural precision guidance systems.
Often fitted to tractors and agricultural machinery these devices are frequently stolen due to their high
value and portability.

We would encourage equipment users where possible, to remove items when not in use and to consider
property marking options. Most recently incidents have occurred in the East, Mid and West Devon areas
but previously we have suffered thefts in West Cornwall.

We have also noted an emerging trend where barns and outbuildings have been targeted and whilst the
number of incidents are small we would advise all to ensure that the appropriate security is present on
buildings, vehicles and machinery. Remain vigilant for suspicious activity and report incidents to the police.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111
or reporting online at