Local MSP Rachael Hamilton has renewed her calls for a Bill to prevent theft of agricultural machinery and vehicles in Scotland.
Ms Hamilton previously called for the introduction of a Bill in Scotland that would mirror Westminster’s recently passed Equipment Theft (Protection) Act, which aims to protect rural communities from organised crime.
The Borders politician highlighted the recent increase in thefts in the Borders during a Holyrood questions session, adding that this underlines the need for legislative action to be taken to address concerns around the lack of protections against these crimes.
The Scottish Justice Secretary responded positively to Ms Hamilton’s plans, and welcomes her proposals for a Scottish Equipment Theft Prevention Bill.
As the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Ms Hamilton said that she is committed to standing up for rural communities and their interests.
Rachael Hamilton MSP said: “The theft of quad bikes, trailers, GPS trackers, and machinery are hitting our rural communities hard, and I believe it is time for us to act here in Holyrood.
“Farmers need more protection from this kind of crime, which has been on the rise post pandemic.
“I was pleased that the Justice Secretary responded positively to my plans to bring forward a Bill in Parliament to deter and prevent this kind of crime from happening.
“I look forward to bringing forward detailed plans on my Bill in the near future, so that our farmers and rural workers get the legal protection they deserve.”