Smart way to catch farm equipment thieves

FARMERS in Angus are being offered the opportunity by Tayside Police to have their farming equipment chemically coded with a property marking system called SmartWater.

The service is free of charge and is available to any farming business that wishes to take part in the scheme.

SmartWater is colourless, odourless and has a unique code, similar to DNA, which can be quickly applied to high value items such as tractors, trailers and quad bikes.

Once an item has been marked the forensic tag is almost impossible to remove and stolen items can be easily identified. Thieves who find themselves caught with SmartWater property face a 100 per cent conviction rate.

Farms which take part in the scheme will be given signs to place at entry points to their businesses.

This will provide a deterrent to would-be thieves and is aimed at reducing rural crime.

Constable Alan Bell, who is the Landward Officer for the Kirriemuir area, will be visiting the farms who sign up for the scheme.

He said: “I have actively promoted SmartWater on my beat with great success. It only takes a few minutes to mark each item and to place the SmartWater posters at strategic points as a visual deterrent.

“I am keen to encourage farms, smallholdings and estates that have not taken up the SmartWater scheme to contact me.”

The scheme is an Angus Community Safety Partnership project which is funded through Communities Scotland.

If you wish further information or want to join the scheme contact Constable Alan Bell direct on 01575 576625, or phone Tayside Police on 0300 111 222.