Crime prevention tips
Unfortunately, statistics show that rural crime is on the increase, so Sgt. Matthews and his two colleagues are keen to pass on their suggestions to farmers to help them guard against becoming victims. Here are his countryside Crime Prevention tips for the coming months
More than 1,000 incidents of metal thefts are reported each week across the UK. Farms can be easy targets so ensure all your scrap is out of sight. Genuine scrap metal dealers should carry a waste carrier licence, so ask to see their licence. No licence – no scrap metal!
- Quad bike thefts are on the increase. They are relatively easy to drive away and there’s currently a big market for them in Europe. Remember - if equipment is not in use lock it up.
- A way for a length of time? Tell your neighbours and your local police constable so that they can watch out for any unusual activity.
- Slow thieves down – simple acts such as hanging gate hinges in the opposite directions can stop thieves in their tracks.
- Fuel theft – always lock your tank and if possible, place tanks away from public view.
- Having a great time at the Royal Welsh Show? Set Facebook profiles to private or you could be broadcasting your whereabouts to some pretty dubious characters!
Crime prevention tips Farm Watch The police are working closely with local farmers and rural communities involved in Farm Watch schemes to prevent rural crime and protect farms. Farm Watch members can sign up to receive text messages with an update of crime trends and suspicious activity in their area.
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