Police gave farm trailers security markings for free at an event in Frome yesterday (Wednesday, April 27).

The crime prevention event was held at Frome Market.

Officers from the rural crime unit and staff from Datatag gave 38 trailers free security marking as well as offering advice to farmers on how to keep their farms safe from thieves.

Agricultural machinery and vehicle theft is one of the most prevalent types of rural crime.

At present farm trailers are currently in low supply and in high demand - and they are relatively easy for thieves to steal, and so are a common target.

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Police advice on protecting machinery included fitting tracking devices, locking machines in outbuildings and removing GPS equipment where possible when not in use.

To keep outbuildings secure, the rural crime officers recommend using padlocks of hardened steel and of Secured by Design/Sold Secure standard.

They also recommend a closed shackle padlock to prevent bolt croppers or hacksaws being used.

Security lighting, CCTV and passive infrared sensor alarms can all play an important part in deterring thieves - and if livestock are in isolated, wildlife cameras can at least help identify offenders in the event of theft.

Observation around the farm is key whether it be keeping accurate counts of livestock or checking fuel tank levels.

For more advice, visit avonandsomerset.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-your-home-and-property/protecting-rural-property.