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John Deere tractor finds new use as a crime fighting machine

Posted by Green Fun Store on 2/8/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Anyone looking to cause trouble in Devon and Cornwall, England may want to rethink their criminal proclivities: The police departments there have transformed a John Deere tractor into a crime-fighting machine as a means of fighting a rise in agricultural crime.

Like Batman's famed "Batmobile," the John Deere 6630 tractor is a crime fighting machine. The police department has outfitted it with a blue flashing light and traditional police stripes and badges to let potential thieves know that it means business. The John Deere tractor was chosen to help combat crime because the area has suffered through a spat of thefts on farms in recent months.

The used tractor weighs about eight tons and is worth almost $75,000, according to The Daily Mail. Aside from its primary use as a crime fighting machine, the John Deere tractor can also be used in the event of an emergency, like a flood or earthquake, to assist farmers, a policeman said.

One of the policeman involved in the project, Alan Lenton, affirmed that farmers should take care to keep a record of all their farm equipment to ensure that if it is stolen it can be more readily found. "We're trying to make things difficult to be taken, by identifying items, photographing them and having paperwork with makes, models and colors," he said.