Rural crime in the UK is at its highest rate in eight years, totalling £54 million in losses. Amongst the most targeted items are high-value tractors, which are being exported overseas. This is nothing new. In 2015, the BBC reported that millions of pounds worth of tractors are stolen every year, with many stolen to order to ship abroad. It is anticipated that this trend will continue as the economic shockwaves of COVID-19 continue to be felt. This makes tractor security and the deployment of farm tractor security devices essential to avoid heavy losses and disruptions.
The Challenge of Tractor Security
Tractor companies have included an array of security features in their latest tractor designs – but these are not always the deterrent many would hope. Tractor GPS systems have become highly prized by rural criminals, as they are easy to sell and attract expensive prices. Across their operations, many farmers are using the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies for precision farming efforts – but also for security of farm assets. From this, cyber security has, in turn, become an issue.
Quick Facts and Figures on Agricultural Vehicle Theft
- NFU Mutual paid out £9.3 million in agricultural vehicle theft claims in 2019 – a rise of 25%
- Every tractor is at threat, from top of the line models to older tractors which are often exported to third-world countries
- Tractor cloning is commonly used to avoid detection
- Tractors have been known to be dismantled to fit into smaller-sized containers for transport abroad
What to Look For in Smart Farm Tractor Security Devices
A customisable framework of smart technologies
Tractor security devices shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. To achieve maximum security levels, the ideal systems combine a range of different technologies, working together to safeguard farm assets (and which can also be used for precision farming efforts). Pressure pads, motion detectors and sensors, CCTV, and infrared solutions, as well as perimeter security and access control features are some of the smart technologies which can be used in tandem for farm security. From farm gate to farm monitoring and location tracking for recoverability, having a granular view across farming operations is shifting norms around farm security.
Cloud-based reporting and real-time alerts
Real-time alerts around unauthorised access to your premises, unusual opening of doors and windows, and tracking capabilities empower response from the moment thieves step foot on farms. With a personalised dashboard, authorised personnel have access to a whole-farm overview – accessible any time and from anywhere. Notifications and alerts are sent directly to these devices.
Secure data networks
As mentioned above, the advent of smart technologies comes with corresponding worries around cyber security. The concern around cyber security is alleviated by the security of the data network. A zero trust data network mitigates the risk around data transmission. At Smarter Technologies, our Orion Data Network utilises a combination of low-power radio and GPS technologies.
One of the most critical features of smart technologies is battery life. If battery life is short or interrupted, the benefits of smart technologies are rendered meaningless. The GPS tags from Smarter Technologies are covert and long-lasting, with battery life of up to four years.
Get Leading Tractor Security with Smarter Tractor Security Devices from Smarter Technologies
Smarter Technologies is helping farmers safeguard tractors, farm assets, and personnel through a comprehensive range of smart technologies for agriculture. These technologies are simple and cost-effective, unlocking the potential of data for security and precision farming practices. With tractor security being so topical – and such a notable risk area – contact Smarter Technologies today to find out about the benefits of our smart tractor security devices and comprehensive smart solutions for agriculture.