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.
Tibenham, Little Downham, Welney, Ten Mile bank, Fincham, Tacolneston, Littleport, Terrington St Clement, Welney, Friday Bridge, Southery,
Attempted Arson of a church Hockwold
4×4 vehicle Diahatsu Fourtrak L107KHH stolen from Wells
Gas bottles stolen from a farm near Thetford, also 4 gas bottles from Little Snoring
Ride on mower stolen from a farm near Necton
Battery stolen from a field in Docking
Please.. Ensure you lock your vehicles and remove keys and valuables.
On these winter mornings, Don’t leave your cars running and un-attended whilst defrosting.
Register your valuables. This includes power tools and anything with a serial number. This makes them identifiable if they get stolen. It’s free !! and links into the National Police system.
Heating Oil Thefts
Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as incidents of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.
The warning comes after 100 incidents in 2016 where heating oil was a factor. There have been more than 110 in 2017 so far.
General tips to protect your fuel include:
- Check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.
- Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult.
- Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
- Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use.
- If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen.
- Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered.
If you have been a victim of oil theft, or have any information regarding heating oil thefts in general should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please help reporting Hare Coursing
Hare coursing is a blood sport and is a completely banned and illegal activity, yet it unfortunately remains common in Norfolk.
Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares using hounds. Traditionally participants spread in a line across a field and disturbed the hare from its home. We now find that it might only be a couple of people with dogs, who then release their dogs to give chase. The types of dog commonly used are Lurchers. Coursing is more likely to take place at dawn or dusk but it can also take place in broad daylight. The most obvious sign is vehicles parked in a rural area perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path. We are committed to protecting Norfolk landowners’ property and crops along with the declining population of brown hares and prosecuting those involved in hare coursing. In order to do this we work in partnership with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers. If you see an event taking place we would advise you not to approach the participants but contact us immediately on 999.
If possible record as much information as you can such as vehicle registrations, makes models and colours. Description and number of people and dogs and whether they have been seen in fields.
Wildlife Crime: WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
If you are aware of an incident or offence taking place there and then or shortly afterwards please dial 999. The above inbox will not be monitored 24/7 but it will provide you with a direct way to contact our Wildlife Crime Officers. We look forward to hearing from you.
Your local Wildlife Crime Officers:
|Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead
|Sgt Andy Tomlinson
|PCSO Helen Maxwell
|PC Ben Clark
||Kings Lynn / Downham Market
|Pc Maria Asker
|PC Jim Squires
|PS Richard Bedder
|PC Jason Pegden
|PC Stu Doe
|DI Tom SMITH
|PCSO Mac Cornaby
Have a Happy New Year from the Rural Crime Team