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17th Oct

2019

Rural Crime – How to Manage It!

Unfortunately, rural crime is an issue across large areas of the country, but it tends to go unreported. It is vital to report all crimes. Police forces need information to target resources and develop intelligence.  Rural crime can impact on insurance premiums, food prices and damage local communities. There are a variety of things you can do to protect your property, land and livestock.

 

The TFA have pulled together the following helpful tips:

 

  • Whether you’re parked in the yard or tending to duties around the farm, ensure keys are removed and vehicles are locked.
  • Check security lights are working in yards and drives.
  • Know what you own. Take pictures of your vehicles and record serial numbers.
  • Make a note of all suspicious vehicles, and their registration numbers, if spotted in and around your farm.
  • Invest in security, such as infra-red cameras, motion sensor detectors and geo-fencing.
  • Get to know your rural police officer, are there any local rural neighbourhood watch schemes you can join?
  • Download the what3words app which can help save time, resources and lives in emergency situations. This can be particularly useful when out in rural areas!

Don’t forget to report it! It can be hard to know whether something is a crime and whether to contact the police or another charity or organisation.

Reporting Crime – Who to call?

If you think an offence has been, or is about to be, committed do one of the following:

Call 999 – If it is happening now

Call 101 or report online – If you have information that does not require an immediate response report it to your local police force.

Crimestoppers – Report or pass information about rural crime anonymously to the Crimestoppers on 0800 783 0137 or do it online.

Fly-Tipping

Whilst it is easy to see that waste crime (including fly-tipping) not only blights our communities but also spoils our countryside.   Where this growing problem is concerned, we must all take collective responsibility for our waste to make sure it does not end up in the hands of criminals who will wilfully dump it without any regard to the consequences.

Do’s and Don’ts if you discover fly-tipped waste on your land:

Do’s

  • Make a note of the day, date and time you saw it being tipped and its location
  • Try to identify (visually) what the waste comprises and the volume;
  • Take a description of any persons or vehicles (including registration number) involved
  • Notify the EA or National Resources Wales or local authority

Don’ts

  • Touch or move the waste
  • Disturb the site in any way as valuable evidence may become contaminated
  • Approach the perpetrator(s)

The TFA has also published tips for dealing with direct action.  To read these, please click here.

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