Machinery theft warning

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is urging safety and vigilance following a number of reports of machinery theft across Victoria.

Victoria Police have reported a surge in farm crime, with tractors, quad bikes, horse floats and fuel among the primary targets.

Farmers are being warned not to leave machinery exposed if they can help it.

Police have reported several tractors stolen in the Echuca region, and are calling on farmers to report farm crime to their local agricultural liaison officers.

The VFF urges people to be vigilant and take a note of strange vehicles in their areas and note registration numbers.

Farmers were also being urged to put their smart phones to good use, photographing suspicious vehicles or number plates.

The VFF is continuing to work with Victoria Police to ensure its liaison officers have the background knowledge needed to properly investigate, prosecute and prevent farm crimes.

Farmers who wish to report a crime should phone their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.