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Dorset Police Unveil Their Latest Weapon In The Fight Against Rural Crime

Dorset Police Tractor

4:32pm 23rd June 2014

Dorset Police has unveiled their latest weapon in the fight against rural crime.

The force has a new tractor, not for attending incidents, but to take to events to help safer neighbourhood teams promote crime prevention tactics.

The tractor is the third to be donated to the Police by Zetor UK.

Inspector Les Fry said: "Dorset Police is very grateful to Zetor UK who has yet again provided us with a tractor. The tractor is a significant asset to the Force's priorities in supporting Neighbourhood Policing in rural areas of Dorset.

"We want members of the public to know that while Dorset has some of the lowest figures for rural crime, it does still happen and we are committed to making people aware of the measures they can take to keep their properties and businesses safe."

Residents and businesses can help protect themselves by following these simple crime prevention steps:

- Lock windows and doors, remove keys from locks and keep out of visible reach.
- Mark equipment and property with your name and postcode. Fit asset tracking devices. Use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking.
- Report all suspicious activity to the police via 101.

Inspector Les Fry continued: "Businesses should consider a range of measures to protect their property. This could include installing Stop That Thief alarms which notifies owners if or when people enter their property. This should be done in conjunction with suitable other crime prevention tactics.

"This is the third tractor Zetor UK has offered to us free of charge and we hope that many more members of the public will take an interest in the tractor and the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the months ahead.

"Dorset Police work with a range of partner agencies, which includes the National Farmers' Union (NFU), Crimestoppers, NFU Mutual, Kingston Maurward College and MJ Fry Agricultural Engineering to tackle this crime and keep our rural communities safe and feel safe."

Each tractor that has been donated to the Force is used for around six months, especially during the busy summer period when rural events are in season. The tractor is then sold on. The current tractor is a Zetor Major 80 and is used as the centre attraction at events.

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