Police in Suffolk unveil latest crime busting vehicle – a tractor

SUFFOLK Police have revealed its latest high powered vehicle to help crackdown on crime – a tractor.

Farm firm Ernest Doe has donated a Case IH tractor free of charge – the specially liveried tractor will be used by police to help push its rural crime reduction messages.

The liveried tractor, with blue flashing lights, will hopefully act as a hook to attract the attention of members of the public at trade shows, county fairs, farmers markets and rural events during 2012 – including the Suffolk Show.

Police are also launching a new booklet ‘Shutting the gate on rural crime’ designed to give advice to land and home owners on measures that can be taken to protect property in rural locations.

This includes advice on general security, as well as information on how to deter fly tipping, illegal off-roading, metal and diesel thefts, and details of conservation and wildlife legislation. The booklet also carries useful contact information.

David Kane, from Suffolk Police’s crime reduction team, said; “Officers cannot tackle rural crime without the cooperation and support of communities. “Policing in rural areas brings some very specific and unique challenges, with the distances involved and the isolated nature of some communities sometimes leading to a sense of vulnerability and a heightened fear of crime.”

Paul Marshall, Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk, said; “This is an excellent initiative, which has my full support, showing that we all have a responsibility and part to play in preventing rural crime. This initiative would not have been possible without the commitment from Ernest Doe and Case IH and we are grateful for their support.”

Chris Chilvers of Ernest Doe said; “We are pleased to have been able to assist. Rural crime is becoming an increasingly serious issue and we are sure this initiative will go a long way towards promoting security in agricultural and rural communities.”