An increase in farm equipment thefts across the state have law enforcement agencies looking for help.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said S.C. citizens are being victimized by thefts of zero-turn lawnmowers, farm utility vehicles, all-terrain sport vehicles and trailers. They are being targeted, deputies say, because there is a high demand for the items and they can be quickly stolen from homes.
The stolen items can be taken to nearby communities and sold for lower prices, according to a Newberry County Sheriff’s Office press release.
NCSO deputies suggest the following steps to protect your equipment:
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• Do not leave items near or close to the highway.
• Make sure serial numbers are recorded and stored in a safe place so that the items may be placed into the national computer system if stolen.
• Immediately call 911 if suspicious activity is spotted.
• Please don’t leave any of these items in areas that are easily accessible or near the roadway.
• If someone approaches you about selling one of these items at greatly reduced cost, please report that to law enforcement.