Vehicles/trailers/horse boxes/other mechanical equipment
We recommend adding your vehicle details to your Horsewatch document so you have all details in one place so it is easily assessable in a worst case scenario and you need to pass details to the police.
Make it as hard as possible for thieves making your vehicles a less desirable target.
- Lock and secure vehicles, especially when unattended.
- Consider using wheel clamps, particularly for trailers or fitting a trailer hitch lock.
- Consider ‘Autoglass/ NFU’ partnership free security glass etching service for NFU Mutual customers.
- Consider fitting mechanical locking systems.
- Consider immobilizers, VHF and GPS Tracker devices for high value vehicles.
- Lock up and secure any All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)/quad bikes with suitable locking devices or heavy duty security chains and padlocks.
- Consider fitting CESAR compact marking system (ATVs/quad bikes and smaller mechanical equipment).
- Wherever possible secure vehicles and equipment out of sight in enclosed locked, alarmed storage areas when not in use and overnight.
Access and yard security:
- Keep vehicles parked in a gated area keeping gates closed and locked using thick, durable chains and padlocks at both ends of the gate.
- Consider securing access to the yard and parking areas overnight and during the day when unattended.
- Consider using security lighting in yards and drives.
- Lock equipment out of sight in secure alarmed storage areas.
Equipment registered with CESAR (opens new window) is fitted with a number of tamper-evident registration stickers and with its own unique identification and registration number. Along with this, a number of radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders are hidden throughout the machine. There are also patches of forensic liquid DNA painted onto the machine in a number of locations. When registered with CESAR, a machine is also placed on the Datatag (opens new window) secure database which gives the police and other official agencies around the clock access to the registration information to aid identification and recovery.
Note: To be able to retrieve the data easily out-of-hours, pre-register yourself with Datatag and this will speed up the process considerably.
The TVP CESAR discount
Thames Valley Police can offer discounts on CESAR kits to residents who live in the Thames Valley.
There are different types of immobilisation devices on the market, ranging from mechanical to diesel systems. These devices isolate hydraulic, electrical and fuel systems, preventing the vehicle from being moved.
Location and tracking systems
Location and tracking systems use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to locate stolen vehicles through satellite and cellular technologies. Information is directed to your internet-connected PC, laptop or mobile phone. The system can monitor the location, movement, engine hours and battery condition of your equipment.
Mechanical locking systems
Mechanical locking systems can be simple to fit and can be applied to different areas of the machine, including vehicle tracks, hydraulic breakers, buckets and posthole borers.
Buying a second hand vehicle
When buying a second hand trailer or lorry you must take similar precautions as you would when buying a car, if the price is to good to be true then take steps to ensure it is not a stolen vehicle. If you innocently purchase a stolen vehicle it will be seized and returned to the original owner. Here are our tips to keep you on the right track;
- Always meet the seller at their home address. Don’t meet halfway in lay-bys or car parks.
If you do have to try to recover your money, you have got somewhere to start.
- The seller should know his way around the trailer, with all its features and small problems.
- Beware of someone ‘selling it for a friend’, who does not appear to have an interest in horses.
- Ask to see proof of ownership such as their original sales receipt, owner’s manual or ask to see the Certificate of Ownership. Check to ensure all the details refer to that trailer. An honest seller will not be offended!
- The most important physical item to check is the manufacturer’s unique registration plate, normally found on the chassis close to the hitch. It is highly unlikely that this will have fallen off during normal use of the trailer. If there is no plate, walk away. There will always be another trailer to look at. Most trailers with missing or damaged plates turn out to be stolen.
- Ask the seller if he minds being photographed with the item he is selling. If he objects, that might just be your cue to leave!