Class leading tracking devices supplied by partner and vehicle security specialist, Datatool, are now available for Yamaha ATVs.

The Datatool Stealth S5 device can be supplied free of charge with new ATV models to offer farmers safety and security. Once activated, it is connected via satellites so that its can be tracked throughout the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

The vehicle’s position is recorded every 15 seconds and data is uploaded to the cloud every two minutes, providing a permanent record of every journey. To protect the ATV, the device creates an ‘invisible geo-fence’ which, if broken, sends a message to a 24/7 operation centre which informs owners and can be set to inform the police if a theft is in progress.

Yamaha’s ATV manager, William Kay, welcomed the new addition: “Farmers often work alone and are vulnerable to thieves attacking them for high value machinery, such as ATVs.

“Whilst theft is a big issue, this technology also works to inform farm managers in the event that one of their workers has an accident to make sure assistance reaches them as soon as possible in an emergency.”

Research carried out by the NFU shows thefts of high value machinery from farms is rapidly increasing. The increase between 2017 and 2018 was 12% and predictions suggest this is likely to have risen again in 2019. NFU Mutual offers a 12.5% discount on insurance if Stealth S5 is fitted.

Though it retails at £249, plus VAT, Yamaha is offering the device free of charge. Farmers only have to pay £99 dealer installation and a monthly fee of £9.95 to retain the services of the 24/7 operation centre.

Mr Kay added: “Technology is forever evolving and devices such as the S5 are crucial to reducing ATV theft, protecting farmers and offering peace of mind to owners. We hope that everyone buying a new Yamaha ATV will adopt this technology and make the most of its features and benefits.”