More than £25k-worth of GPS trackers stolen across Staffordshire

Police are currently investigating a series of thefts of GPS trackers across rural locations in Staffordshire.

More than £25,000-worth of GPS receivers and screens have been reported stolen in the last 30 days.

Yesterday (Monday 4 April), it was reported that approximately £10,000 worth of GPS devices were stolen from two tractors parked at a premises on Stafford Road, Stone.

The theft is believed to have taken place at some point between Tuesday (20 March) and Monday (4 April).

Last month, four similar incidents were reported across Burton-upon-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford.

A total of £15,000-worth of GPS devices were stolen near Little Onn Road, Stafford on 10 March, Wharmadine Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme on 25 March, Willoghbridge Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme on 25 March and Duffield Lane, Burton-upon-Trent on 29 March.

Seven tractors were damaged as a result of offenders forcing entry to the vehicles in the thefts.

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, rural wildlife crime lead, said: “Those who reside in rural locations should leave their tractors in view of CCTV wherever possible and ensure they are secure.

“Consider securing your GPS devices with a PIN system, ensuring they are concealed from view.

“If possible, remove GPS kit from tractors overnight and store them in a secure location”.

Anyone with any information relating to the above thefts should contact us on 101, Facebook or Twitter, quoting incident number 286 of 4 April.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information on how to help prevent rural crime, visit: Rural crime | Staffordshire Police

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