GPS equipment worth thousands stolen from tractors

Thieves are targeting GPS guidance systems – stealing equipment worth thousands of pounds from John Deere tractors in southern and eastern England.

Eight John Deere StarFire receivers were stolen last weekend from farms in the Norfolk area alone, according to police reports.

See also: Farmers advised to check GPS is insured against theft

Norfolk Police have confirmed that three GPS systems were stolen from John Deere tractors in the north of the county.

The devices sell for £1000 upwards second-hand, including on auction sites such as eBay.

Two John Deere tractors were then stolen in the Breckland area of Norfolk.

Local farmer Jimmy Gooderham said he had four receivers stolen last Tuesday (12 March).

A John Deere GreenStar guidance system was among £60,000 worth of GPS kit stolen from Buckinghamshire farmer Steven Lear earlier this month.

Mr Lear said he knew of seven units stolen in the county within the past fortnight.

Police failed to come out to the farm, he said – and seemed more interested in investigating the theft of a painting from an Oxford art gallery.

Farmers are advised to insure equipment and remove any devices from machines left in the field.

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