Police Connect – Rural Crime

The following is a Police Connect message.

Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk.  We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county.

You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.

Query  Who to contact  Non Urgent  Urgent
Farm / Agricultural & general advice DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900 407106OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Community concerns & Newsletter feedback Sgt Mark Askham  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999

Crime Report

Reports of Night hawking in Hockering

Chainsaw stolen from container at Threeholes

3 Stihl chainsaws and a leaf blower stolen from Shipdham

Theft of Cat Convertor from parked Honda CRV in Gillingham

£1000 of specialist paint stolen from farm location in Shipdham

Pressure washer, Mig welder and wood burner stolen from Terrington St John

Generator taken from a barn at Great Ryburgh

Hare coursing reported at Outwell

Batteries are the flavour of the month again!! – over 30 taken from the Thetford area

Green Land Rover Defender (AU15ZTB) stolen from Bagthorpe

Free Farming & Agricultural Crime Prevention Advice

Seen something that just doesn’t feel right to you…let Andy know about it, it may well end up being the missing piece of the jigsaw now or in the future.

Don’t hesitate to give DC Andy Brown a call with any information, concerns or queries you may have concerning rural crime.

Andy has been visiting many farms and he wants to visit a lot more! Please contact him to arrange this, he can offer you some great advice to help you protect your property and livelihoods. Andy can also provide your staff with handy stickers to place in offices and vehicles etc providing them with the numbers to call in the event of any suspicious activity.

Don’t forget he can offer you advice on metal theft and an array of other rural crime matters too.

Give him a call…….07900 407106

General crime prevention advice for Farm security

You can reduce the risk of your farm being attacked by criminals by making sure you’ve taken these simple steps:

  • Be vigilant of who is visiting and be wary of suspicious behaviour on your land and near to it
  • Thieves often find they can steal without being seen so check the height of your boundary walls and hedges and ensure fences are no higher than 1m and trees trimmed from the ground up to 2m to give a good view from passing traffic
  • Get into the routine of checking that windows and doors to all buildings are closed and locked and use window limiters if windows are to be left open at night
  • Security lighting around the farm should be fit for purpose. Don’t light areas which are not overlooked as this gives the criminal light to work in with little chance of detection
  • Fit vandal resistant, ‘dusk to dawn’ sensored security lighting around the front of the property
  • All exit doors should be fitted with at least one five-lever mortise lock which is to BS 3621 standard. All accessible windows on the ground floor and upper floors accessible from flat roofs should be fitted with window locks and keys removed for security
  • Consider fitting security alarms and CCTV systems to protect your farm, equipment and vehicles. Use police approved companies who are members of NSI (National Security Inspectorate) www.nsi.org.uk or SSAIB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board) www.ssaib.org.

Farm Vehicles

  • Four-wheel drive vehicles, trailers, caravans and quad bikes can all be a target for thieves. There are many anti-theft devices available to protect these such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking systems
  • Trailers and horse boxes are particularly vulnerable. Where possible, secure them inside a garage or similar building.


  • Consider using CCTV to allow animals to be watched in barns or yards, which can be useful during busy times like lambing season
  • If livestock is stolen, ear tags will help police to identify stock
  • Freeze-branding, hot-branding or tattooing with your postcode can also help
  • Consider taking photographs of particularly valuable animals.


When large amounts of inorganic nitrogenous fertiliser are being delivered to farmers and growers across the UK, anyone who handles or stores fertiliser should carefully manage its security to prevent theft.


  • Carry out frequent stock checks and report any suspicious activity at or near your premises
  • Store fertiliser in an enclosed secure barn or cover it with a tarpaulin if stored in an open-sided barn
  • Immediately report any theft of fertiliser to the police.

Do not

  • Store fertiliser in a place accessible to the public
  • Leave unattended bags of fertiliser in the field
  • Sell on ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

Invitation to Barnstorming Event

This is an open invitation to all subscribers. I am obliged if you could email the Randall inbox if you plan to attend.OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Have a good week.

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