Police issue warning over farm machinery and equipment thefts

Officers have issued a crime prevention warning in the Thames Valley area, alerting residents to recent problems.

The CLA has been an active member of the Thames Valley Rural Crime Partnership since its formation in 2011. The TVRCP is comprised of Thames Valley Police and members of organisations and associations representing rural communities and businesses.

Robert Ruck-Keene is vice chairman of the CLA Buckinghamshire branch and is one of our representatives at partnership meetings. He said: “The TVRCP meets quarterly and provides a valuable opportunity for the CLA to give its views on rural crime and to comment on the strategies employed by Thames Valley Police.

“All areas of rural crime are discussed, with the current focus being on hare coursing and agricultural machinery and equipment theft.”

Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Ross currently chairs the meeting and recently provided an update on the force’s work.

She said: “We have been discussing emerging problems which you need to be aware of. One of the most concerning being the destruction of pheasants and pens – wanton damage which is extremely unpleasant.

“Farm machinery and equipment is easily marked and we urge you again to ensure that you have noted all the details of your property and can provide them in the unfortunate event of any thefts.

“Recent history shows that even with tracking devices, quads and other vehicles are being taken with the keys in the ignition. Basic crime prevention is important – don’t leave valuables in vehicles, don’t leave windows open, don’t leave the keys in vehicles.”