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.
We are pleased to announce that there has only when one incident of Hare coursing reported this week in Brandon Creek.
- Coping stones stolen from Melton Constable.
- Circular saw stolen from Stuston.
- Battery and energiser stolen from Buxton.
- Lead flashing stolen from St Mary’s church, East Ruston.
- A Wacker plate and a water pump stolen from Hockering.
- 2 Petrol Wacker plates and petrol pressure washer stolen from Bawburgh.
- 2 Wacker plates stolen from Cawston.
- Power tools stolen from a van in Ditchingham.
Good news story !!
Officers from South Norfolk arrested a male for Theft and Scrap metal dealing offences, he was quickly charged, remanded overnight and presented to the courts the following day. With his guilty plea the magistrates gave him a 12 month community order, 100 hours unpaid work and fines totaling £670.00.
Register your valuables at https://www.immobilise.com/ articles/garden-and-shed-home- security
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.
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 Thefts
Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as incidents of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.
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