A NEW weapon has been created in the battle against rural crime thanks to a Leominster company.

Tech Track is a new device which uses the latest technology to send a message to your mobile phone if equipment is moved or stolen and a GPS tracker is used to help recover items.

Unlike similar security items on the market Tech Track uses a mobile SIM card and is dormant until an item is moved when an alarm sounds and a message sent via the phone network to the users' mobile phone or tablet.

The device which looks like a lock can be placed around or inside items.

The product was created by inventor and technical expert Dr Ian Cullimore at his home near Leominster.

"Our daughter is into show jumping and had heard of tack being stolen and thought it would be good if you could get a text message stating that it is being stolen," said director Denise Cullimore.

"Ian said he could do that and came up with the idea. Other security devices either work on bluetooth which hasn't got a good range or Wifi in a house.

"Rural location such as tractor stores probably haven't go Wifi where as this device only needs a 2G signal. If we have enough devices around the country we could pick up trends, so if two or three devices have been disturbed in a certain area we could text all the people in that area to tell them."

The system also wakes up periodically to 'check in' to the servers, to report battery life and quality of signal.

Iota-Tech which created the product has a site in Herefordshire and California.

They are currently looking at raising Crowdfunding towards the manufacture costs of the product.

For more information visit: www.iota-tech.com.