A John Deere tractor is touring a region of England to promote safety and to reduce crime, according to a published report.
Major rural events in the Thames Valley will be visited by the farm equipment equipped with security technology and tags. Neighborhood teams will take it to events along the countryside to inform interested people of the benefits of fitting it with security marks, tracking and anti-theft devices.
"We will fit it with as much security technology as possible and use it to draw people in and allow us to explain why it is vital tractors and other farm equipment is made as secure as possible," said police constable Paul Gregory of the Thame Neighbourhood Team.
Officials emphasize the importance of taking precautions since the farm equipment is not cheap. It also typically is the means to breadwinning, thus its importance to the owner is all the more underscored.
"Anyone with one of these vehicles would protect them as much as possible, and at the very least fit them with a tracker and anti-theft device," Gregory said. "I hope this tractor will allow us to educate people into doing the same with their agricultural vehicles."