Monday, 31 March 2014

DAY 96: Officers busy out and about

Officers have had a busy time at the end of our week getting out and about and following on from our operation yesterday looking for anti-social motor cycle riders PC Merlin Evans found evidence of the motorcycles riding across the field but unfortunately no sign of the culprits.
Our mounted section was also out patrolling around Ibstone and Stokenchurch and stopped in at one of the local schools to say hello.
Officers were out meeting lots of other residents of our countryside but as you can see following the heavy rain over the winter there are still areas that are suffering and this can be a reminder to landowners (large and small) clear out their ditches.  This is an obligation under the Land Drainage Act 1991.
Other agencies are also helping with our operation to get information out there and offer security advice to as many people as we can as you can see from our photo with the NFU. 

If we have not managed to see you over this week but you would like any of your equipment security marked or a security assessment of your property please contact your local neighbourhood team to arrange this.


Saturday, 29 March 2014

DAY 95: Are your boundaries secure?

A field was damaged after a vehicle was driven into it and set on fire in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

On 28 March, a van was driven onto farmland off Willen Road and set on fire. The van had been stolen from West Yorkshire in February.

Did you see any suspicious activity in the area? Call police on 101 if so.

Follow our advice on how to make your boundaries more secure by visiting our Country Watch website

Friday, 28 March 2014

DAY 94: Marlow officers meet rural residents

Marlow officers were out and about today meeting some of our rural residents, advice was offered to the human ones about security for their equipment and belongings.  The following information isn’t just for our rural areas but could also be considered by all.

General advice:

  • Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cages made from a material resistant to attack
  • Thieves may stake-out your property in advance by making up an excuse to call round. Try to take a note of their registration number and report the incident to police
  • Never advertise that you are away by leaving notes for tradesmen or delivery drivers
  •  Ensure you have adequate insurance cover
  •   Keep up to date on crime trends by joining Countrywatch
  • When you are away, ask neighbours and friends to keep an eye on your property and be prepared to do the same for them    
  • Take down registration numbers of suspicious vehicles and report suspicious activity to police immediately.
Officers have also continued to visit golf clubs marking up equipment making it more undesirable to thieves.  If you have anything that you would like security marked please contact your local team.

An operation is being carried out as I type in the woodland area around High Wycombe this is to stop the anti-social riding of motorbikes through the woodland and open areas which can cause distress to persons trying to enjoy the area. More information on this tomorrow. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

DAY 93: Secure your vehicles

The teams have been busy out and about checking vehicles to ensure they are not stolen and also are roadworthy. To help with security of your vehicles please follow the tips below:

Vehicles, trailers and quad bikes

  • Secure and immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use
  • Remove keys from the ignition and keep them somewhere secure
  • Don’t leave quad bikes or trailers unattended
  • Consider storing vehicles and property in a secured building, if possible
    secured to the ground or wall, or inside a caged area
  • Mark trailers and property with farm name and postcode, use a UV pen,
    engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking

We still have CESAR discounts available, get in touch with the rural team for more information.

Princes Risborough officers also had to deal with a case of fly tipping, this type of crime spoils the look of our countryside for everyone, if anyone can provide any information about this incident in a lay-by on Lower Icknield Way, Longwick please speak with your local neighbourhood team.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please report this to the police as soon as possible.