Police clampdown on farm crime around Driffield, East Yorkshire

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OFFICERS in Driffield are clamping down on rural crime after recent incidents in the Driffield rural area.

A farmer’s capital is spread over many acres in the form of stock and equipment, much of which is portable and is easy to steal. The huge distances of farms makes it an impossible task for farm owners to have total security. However there is a lot you can do to reduce the risk and it doesn’t all involve extra expense.

Thieves are targeting unattended property that is often left insecure in farm yards and outbuildings.

As the value of metal has risen thieves are turning their attention to any metal they can take to then sell on for profit. Over the recent months there have been thefts of fork lift tines left in fold yards, metal field gates unhinged from posts, machinery parts ripped out of unattended equipment and jewellery taken from insecure farm houses. These are all valuable items to a thief.

Officers in Driffield urge farm and land owners to consider some of the below crime prevention advice:

• Identify your property. Keep a record of serial numbers, chassis and model numbers of machines. Paint or etch you name and postcode on detachable or personal property. This will allow officers to identify and return your property.

• Keep tools and machinery locked away. Do not leave them lying around.

• Fit outside security lights that are controlled by an automatic time switch or movement sensors.

• Try to secure or immobilise vehicles or equipment when not in use.

• Don’t leave your vehicle keys in the vehicle when you leave it unattended, besides losing your valuable property, it invalidates your insurance.

• Fuel theft is becoming a real problem both in rural and urban areas. The massive price increase in Diesel and oil has made it a profitable commodity to steal. Make sure your vehicles are left secure and any fuel storage is securely locked away.

• Thieves don’t like well lit areas so fit outside security lights that are controlled by an automatic time switch or infra red beams that react to heat or movement.

Please also consider joining the farm watch scheme. This scheme encourages everyone in the farming community to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. It also encourages members to pool knowledge. People who live in the farming community have a much specialised knowledge which even the police may find hard to achieve.

Farmers in the Driffield area who would like to join The Farmwatch scheme or would like more information and advice, please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team. Just phone the non emergency 101 number and ask for PCSO Sue EDMOND at the Driffield Police Station. She is the police contact for Farmwatch in this area.

If you have any concerns about the security of your farm or property please contact PCSO Sue EDMOND at the Driffield Police Station on 101. Or e-mail her susan.edmond@humberside.pnn.police.uk