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Alert message sent 21/11/2017 13:35:00

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Machinery Security

Keys and locks

·      No vehicles should be left in a visible place when not in use.

·      When vehicles or plant equipment are kept outside they should be locked and the keys secured in on owners possession or in a locked key safe.

·      Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. A combination of the above may be required to meet insurance requirements.

Security markings

·      All property including vehicles should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. This should include serial, chassis and model numbers.

·      Use property marking to uniquely mark all types of property.

·      Include the Post Code and property name or number in a non-obvious place.

·      Popular options include stamping, etching, UV marking and DNA products.

Approved companies that offer security marking:

Tracker and data tagging

·      Consider fitting a tracking device or a data tagging chip.

·      Most insurance companies can provide advice on suitable products.


Diesel theft

Diesel should be stored in a secure fuel tank within a bund and good quality locks should be used.

·      Avoid storing in isolated areas such as outlying buildings.

·      A mobile tanker could be removed to a secure place when not in use.

·      Using ‘diesel dye’ can make diesel traceable and therefore less attractive to thieves.

·      Report incidents of suspicious activity, including vehicle details, and descriptions of persons involved to the Police.


Scrap metal theft

·      Dispose of scrap metal regularly and legitimately to make the premises less vulnerable to metal thieves.

·      Use a legitimate scrap dealer.

·      Report incidents of suspicious activity to the Police and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.


Tack security

·      Secure windows on the inside of tack rooms with solid iron bars (tubular steel can be bent).

·      Secure all doors with good quality locks. Use bolts not screws on the hinges.

·      Property mark tack and display signage to deter thieves.

·      Padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains.

·      Consider reversing the top hinge on yard gates to prevent them from being lifted off.

·      Fit security lights and an intruder alarm. - gives information on type of tack marking available.

Horseboxes and trailers

·      As with other equipment, photograph your horsebox/trailer.

·      Ensure vehicles are immobilised when parked, but still available in an emergency.

·      Use wheel clamps, hitch locks, car alarms, car immobilisers.

·      Horsewatch Alliance UK recommends the top of your trailer is security marked with your postcode, this can be done by yourself or professionally.

·      In the event of theft if your vehicle is personalised with transfers or paint, it will be more recognisable to officers who may pass it on the road before it is stripped and re-sold.

·      At events, park your vehicle in a well-lit area, where you can keep an eye on it, remember to put all your equipment inside.



·      Consider installing burglar alarms and security lighting.

·      Do not mark the tack room door entrance. This will make it easy for the thief.

·      Do display signs that advertise that your property has been security marked.

·      Use substantial padlocks on doors but do not padlock a horse in its stable.

·      Gates should be padlocked and hinged.

·      Keep your fences and hedges in a good state of repair.

·      If you see anything suspicious, report it to the police. In an emergency dial 999.


Security for off road quad bikes

Any security measures would depend on the value of the quad bike. A combination of mechanical and electronic security measures would be recommended.

·      Heavy duty chains secured to ground anchors should be marked 'sold secure'

·      Any product used should carry the Sold Secure mark. gives information of approved products which have undergone rigorous tests and only products which have been satisfactorily assessed can carry the Sold Secure Quality Mark.

·      Thought should be given to where the item (quad bike) is kept or stored. If it's in a garage/outbuilding, should be secure, use of alarm, on building or the quad bike.

· this website has links to approved companies that sell security products for motorcycles and bicycles. One link I followed re asset marking, was to datatag

·      Another link from Secured by design is another website with lots of information about forensic marking of property.

Sent by Bicester Rural Neighbourhood Team

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Abigail Newall (Police , PCSO, Bicester (bb))

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