Police Files - Fighting agricultural theft

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Police Scotland has trained 12 specialist roads policing officers on Plant & Agricultural Vehicle Theft Identification, giving them an an expert witness qualification.

The two-day course, held at the Police Scotland College Tulliallan was carried out in partnership with insurer NFU Mutual and the specialist trainer AiTraining Services, and is the only course giving Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) Certification.

These specialists now have the ability to detect and seize stolen agricultural vehicles and plant throughout Scotland’s road network, and cascade their knowledge to colleagues.

Members of the national cadre can also provide support where a suspected stolen agricultural vehicle or plant machinery is found by local officers.

Earlier this month, 23 mechanics from agricultural machinery dealerships across Scotland were trained in the installation of the CESAR vehicle security system to deter the theft of plant, agricultural and construction vehicles.

This was followed by the training of over 80 police officers from roads policing, Scottish ports, CID and crime prevention disciplines on how to fully exploit the CESAR system.