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.
Hare coursing reported in Anmer, Banham, Feltwell, Garboldisham, Gayton, Hockering, 10 Mile bank and Southery
Heating oil stolen from Hilgay and Bardenham
Diesel stolen from a tank in Postwick
A JCB Teleporter and a Merlot low loader stolen from Swaffham. Both recovered 1 Male arrested
Theft of batteries from West Dereham
Hand tools stolen from a van at Brooke
A Trailer and its contents stolen from a farm at Wretton
Generator stolen from Grimston ( previous day travellers asking for scrap)
Regional Crime trend
There has been an increasing number of commercial breaks for cigarettes and ATM ram raids, especially so in our neighboring counties.
One modus operandi is to use a teleporter to assist with the break in.
It is the time of year when teleporters are active on farmland, however most unlikely to see one being used through the hours of darkness.
Should you be driving on the roads during the wee small hours and you see a transporter type vehicle away from usual farm loactions please call in on 101 or 999 if you consider an emergency.
It is not normal to see one of these type vehicles travelling on the road at 2,3,4 am in the morning.
A teleporter looks like this:
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
Heating oil security
It is inevitable that some homes will be the victim of heating oil theft. We appeal for people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. The following crime prevention advice is given for oil tank owners
Keep your tank in a well overlooked position – this will ensure thieves are more likely to be seen
If your tank is close to your house make sure that it can be seen from your windows – this coupled with lighting will make it less of a target
Security lights can help deter potential thieves. Low level ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.
Enclosing your tank in a building which can be secured is better still. However it is important not to overlook the importance of ventilation; advice should be sought from your oil company.
If you have a gate keep it closed and locked when you are out.
Make sure your perimeter fence is in good condition and is not easy to climb. Consider the use of trellis on top of any rear fencing to increase height.
Invest in a good quality lock. Close shackle padlocks are recommended as they offer better resistance to bolt croppers and other tools that thieves usually come equipped with.
Check your oil gauges regularly to alert you to any potential thefts and help investigations by narrowing crime times down. Many tanks can be fitted with a gauge to monitor levels which can be read inside the house.
Have a good week