Rural Crime on Increase

posted Nov 24, 2010, 8:57 AM by A Standish   [ updated Aug 3, 2011, 12:14 PM ]
Please be aware that there have been several reports of diesel being stolen from agricultural machinery thats been left out in the fields, during the present harvest period.
Farmers are advised to take the necessary precautions during this busy time. 

POLICE have warned an increasing variety of items are being targeted by thieves in rural areas of the county.

Recent items stolen for their scrap value in Northamptonshire include lead flashing from church roofs, metal garden gates, metal fencing and batteries from caravans. Other thefts, last month, included a Ford tractor, two excavators, a dumper truck and bulldozer, a ride-on lawnmower, a green Kawasaki quad bike, a number of trailers, chainsaws and strimmers and poultry equipment valued at £3,500.

A force spokesman said rural petrol thefts were also on the increase, adding: “Theft of fuel is a constant issue with prices increasing.
“Recent examples include large quantities of diesel from vehicles such as tractors and lorries whilst in storage on farms.

“Several reports have been also received about damage to fences and crops that have been driven over.

“Rural thefts can incur extensive losses and inconvenience. Please report any suspicious people seen on or around your property, especially circumstances where there is evidence that someone may have driven across fields or crops, as this may be a precursor to a crime.

If NARC club members see anything suspicious, when out and about, make sure you support our colleagues in the farming community and alert the police to the potential problem.