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Campaign to crack down on countryside crime
NORTH Sector neighbourhood policing officers are cracking down on rural crime by running an awareness campaign.
The campaign will see neighbourhood police officers giving out advice across the rural areas north of Swindon until Sunday, and also aims to raise awareness of Wiltshire Police’s Horse Watch and Farm Watch schemes.
Community beat manager PC Marc Jackson said: “The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of current crime trends impacting on rural communities and to identify ways for reducing the opportunities for criminals.
“The campaign will highlight security issues relating to farm machinery, diesel, batteries, underground cables, scrap metal, livestock, wildlife and tools.”
In the latest Farmwatch newsletter for last month there were 79 rural crimes recorded in the county in August, of which 48 offences were on farms. There were 17 metal thefts reported, with electric fence batteries reportedly being the main items stolen.
And on Sunday, September 2 at some point after 6.30pm, thieves made off with three horse rugs from a stable in Day House Lane, including a 6ft 6in light blue top and dark blue or grey bottom, believed to be a Weatherbeeta.
Events will be in held in the following locations across the week:
- Thursday, September 13: Drop-in session at Cirencester livestock market between 10am to 1pm
- Friday, September 14: Visit with Swindon Borough Council angling department to fishing locations in Swindon
- Sunday, September 16: Information point and bike marking at The Gateway Centre, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes between 10am to 1pm
Farm Watch schemes encourage everyone in the farming community to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police.
Horse Watch provides members with crime prevention advice, regular updates and local alerts via text message or email of suspicious activity. It is countywide and aims to reduce the number of equine thefts around stables and riding schools.
Anyone with concerns or information on rural crime should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or use Crimestoppers to report crimes anonymously on 0800 555 111.