Among the items returned to their rightful owner was a farm ATV taken during a theft in July.
The pilot project, launched in February 2020, aims to encourage farmers and the rural community to adopt crime prevention techniques such as the installation of tracking devices.
By subsidizing the cost of the PROTECT tracking unit and the first year’s subscription, members were able to protect ATVs and farm equipment.
PCSP chairman, councilor Adrian McQuillan, commented: “PCSP is delighted with the success of the rural tracker pilot scheme, which has helped secure the return of valuable stolen equipment.
“ATVs, like all farm machinery, are an expensive commodity and their loss can have serious detrimental effects on a farm or business. I hope that by highlighting the results of this scheme, we encourage others to take crime prevention measures to protect their property and livelihoods.
“Fighting crime in rural areas is a joint effort Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership recognize that it is important for us to continue to strengthen our relationship to ensure that we are all doing everything we can to prevent and solve the problem. This initiative clearly shows how effective partnership work can be.”
Neighborhood Inspector O’Brien said: “This result shows how effective these trackers can be in helping our work to find stolen property. We were able to locate these valuables within hours and after our inquiries they were returned to their rightful owners.
“Prevention First was launched as our crime prevention strategy until 2025. It puts crime prevention at the heart of everyday policing, ensuring the provision of victim-centred, responsive, visible and accessible policing services.
“Supporting various crime prevention initiatives, including the use of this rural tracker scheme, fits well into this work. Our partnership working with key partner agencies such as Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP and the local community will be the most effective way to prevent crime.”
Pauline Nelms of Trackkit Ltd added: “Theft is on the rise and I am delighted to be able to offer products like Protect through the Causeway and Glens Coast Local Council and the PSCP pilot scheme which has made this significant recovery and return of assets to their rightful owners possible within a few hours. Installing stolen vehicle recovery products increases the chances of recovering stolen assets and can lower your insurance.”
To express your interest in using the pilot scheme, request a form by email [email protected] or tel. 028 2076 2225. Availability of tracker devices is limited and applications will be marked against specified criteria.
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