Equipment Thieves Costs Farmers Billions

Equipment thieves costs farmers billions. Even if you can't stop them from stealing, you can at least slow them down. Here's how.

Prevent equipment theft by following these tips:

  • Mark it!! Mark your equipment, use an identification system approved by law enforcement, go to to learn more.
  • Put identifying numbers in two spots: hidden and obvious.
  • For machinery with cabs, paint the last six digits of the product identification Number (PIN) on the roof.
  • Record it!! Keep records. Record serial number and number you applied. Take color photos.
  • Protect it!! Re-key your equipment-most equipment is commonly keyed.
  • Don't leave equipment in the field, but if you must, anchor equipment with either a chain or cable, preferably case hardened versions that are thick enough to resist torching, saws or bolt cutters or immobilize by removing the battery, lowering blades or buckets or even removing a tire.
  • Register your equipment on a national database that works with law enforcement, such as the National Equipment Register (NER). Get theft-deterring decals to show thieves you've registered with NER. They're free if you're a subscriber to NER's services.
  • Install theft prevention devices or use GPS trackers.
  • Group equipment together, so it requires considerable time and effort to move.

Theft Statistics for June 1- July 7th
Top Theft States: Texas, California, Washington, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina and Michigan.

Top Stolen Types of Equipment:

  • Skid Steer Loader and Compact Tracked Loaders
  • Commercial/Consumer Riding Mowers
  • Farm Tractors
  • Utility Carts and ATV's
  • Backhoe Loaders
  • Mini Excavators
  • Towed Generators/Welders
  • Towed Air Compressors
  • Medium and Heavy Excavators
  • Dozers

Top Stolen Brands of Equipment

  • Kubota
  • John Deere
  • Bobcat
  • Caterpillar
  • Case

What to do in case of theft:
Notify law enforcement immediately. Give them the manufacturer name, model, serial number, your owner-applied number and photos.

Communicate with neighbors and others in the community.

Contact the equipment manufacturer about the theft.

Notify local equipment dealers-they circulate stolen equipment bulletins or "hot" list.

For construction equipment thefts, notify the Construction Industry Crime Prevention Program.

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