Rural crime campaign

Tuesday, 08 July, 2014

Dorset Police has unveiled its latest weapon in support of the Force’s rural crime campaign.

The tractor was on show at Scats Country Store in Dorchester on Saturday 21 June 2014 as part of a National Home Watch event. Since August 2011, Zetor UK has donated a tractor to Dorset Police. The tractor is used at events to help Safer Neighbourhood Teams promote rural crime prevention tactics.

Inspector Les Fry said: “Dorset Police is very grateful to Zetor UK who has yet again provided us with a tractor. The tractor is a significant asset to the Force’s priorities in supporting Neighbourhood Policing in rural areas of Dorset.

“We want members of the public to know that while Dorset has some of the lowest figures for rural crime, it does still happen and we are committed to making people aware of the measures they can take to keep their properties and businesses safe.”

Each tractor that has been donated to the Force is used for around six months, especially during the busy summer period when rural events are in season. The tractor is then sold on. The current tractor is a Zetor Major 80 and is used as the centre attraction at events.

Other police forces and agencies also have use of the tractor. This year it has already been used by Sussex Police, and by Hampshire and Thames Valley police forces in previous years.

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