Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen from Mid-Wales tractor dealer
£5000 reward offered to combat theft on farm machinery dealer
Thieves have become an increasing problem in the agricultural industry with farmers finding equipment taken off their farms, right under their noses.
According to the NFU, Rural Crime in 2016 cost the UK just over £39 million. Not only costing a lot of money but also causing anxiety, stress and a feeling of being unsafe. Not only are farmers being targeted but more and more agricultural machinery dealerships across the country.
Mid-Wales dealer RVW Pugh LTD has been the victim of not just one theft in the last year but a couple from their depot in Mid-Wales as well as their one in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.
In the last few days the AGCO dealer has been targeted yet again, this time with specialist Fendt equipment being taken out of tractors in excess of £20,000. With farm machinery becoming higher in value they are looked upon as an attractive target to thieves, to maybe send these products overseas.
Farm machinery dealers are fighting to stay afloat in a volatile industry such as agriculture and with acts such as these, it puts more and more pressure on them. Dealers need to stick together and combat these individuals to make sure that we can all safeguard the future of the business.
Robert Pugh, Managing Director feels very passionate about the industry sticking together and stopping occurrences like this in the future. All Fendt dealers in the UK have been informed about these instances and it will not be tolerated!