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Dear Country Watch Members,
I have read through the list of noted crimes and it is clear to me that on some of them there has been a degree of reconnaissance undertaken as it is clear that the offenders knew what they were looking for, targeted a specific area and made good their escape. To undertake this the criminals must have either received information from people who knew where they needed to go or during business hours are undertaking visits to farms and building sites with a plan to identify where to look.
Security to prevent this comes in the form of CCTV, Signage and alarms down to employees on site observing, noting down indexes and descriptions, reporting to employers and polite challenging. You will soon identify those who are not there with a legitimate purpose!
Consider steering locks on all-terrain vehicles or wheel clamps. Park heavy machinery by exit points so that thieves cannot drive off with any items. Advertise that you have CCTV, alarms, warning systems, trackers and forensic marking solutions. Cut back overgrown hedges and trees so that it increases your line of sight, and keep boundaries and fences in good repair. Pea shingle around outbuildings will crunch heavily under foot or by vehicle. Don’t leave padlocks on gates during the day once they have been opened, take them with you until it is time to lock up again.
Alarms can be installed in sheds and buildings that don’t cost a lot of money and can alert you by phone or text if someone has entered the property. Visit the National Security Inspectorate website to find a list of approved alarm and CCTV suppliers, and visit Sold Secure for the most rigorously tested security products.
PS 1932 Ross Spanton
I would encourage you to report any suspicious or unusual activity at your property via the non-emergency number on 101 or via the Surrey Police website. A vehicle of persons entering your farm and then seemingly leaving when you have noticed them may not seem significant; but your report could place them in the area at the time and be of use if an incident has taken place elsewhere locally. Any reports of unusual or suspicious activity help us to build a picture of your local area.
Should you require further information on crime prevention matters then please contact our Crime Reduction Adviser, Mr Mark Howells via email@example.com or 101 ext. 37044
Below are some of the crimes in Reigate & Banstead of note recently
45180010190 – Meath Green Lane, Horley –Sometime between 7:00pm on 23/01 and 8:30am on 24/01/2018 offender(s) have thrown Items at a dining room window cracking the outer pane of the double glazed window.
45180008415 – Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead –Sometime between 11:00pm on 22/01 and 8:30am on 23/01/2018 offenders have cut the padlocks to the main gate and forced entry to office. They have used keys from the office to open a large container from which they have stolen a white Ford Tipper truck (Reg. No. BX08RSV) and fishing rods.
45180008408 – Reigate Heath, Reigate –Sometime between 20/01 and 23/01/2018 offenders have spray painted abuse over electric gates, a wooden fence and tarmac within property boundary.
P18014468 – Reads Rest Lane, Burgh Heath –Around 7:00pm on 18/01/2018 informant reported eight males on private land with 6-8 Lurcher dogs with them. They had all arrived in a pick up (Reg. No. LR17WRO), possibly with poaching in mind.
45180006591 – Cross Oak Lane, Redhill –Sometime between 6:30pm on 17/01 and 8:10am on 18/01/2018 offenders have forced entry to a business and stolen a number of Apple Mac computers.
P18010543 – Junction of Flanchford Road/Clayhall Lane, Reigate –Just before midnight on 13/01/2018 informant reported a silver Audi A4 saloon with 3 Males stood outside of the vehicle either involved in accident or possibly poaching.
45180004865 – Cormongers Lane, Redhill –Between 3:00am & 7:00am on 13/01/2018 offenders have gained entry to a site. They have used an on-site excavator to pull up 100 metres of heavy duty 415v electrical cable which and been buried with ends exposed.
45180004282 – Malthouse Lane, Meath Green –Between 9:45pm & 10:00pm on 11/01/2018 offender smashed window of an unoccupied new build house on a new development and made off in a hatchback car.
P18008297 – Lonesome Lane, Reigate –Just after noon on 11/01/2018 informant observed male killing wildlife. There were three other males with dogs beating the brushes with sticks.
45180001891 – Peeks Brook Lane, Harold lea –On the afternoon of 05/01/2018 offenders have broken down the perimeter fencing of the informant’s property. They have then stolen two boarder terrier dogs, 6 males seen running away.
45180000842 – Off Honeycrock Lane, Redhill –Sometime between 3:00pm on 02/01 & 6:30am on 03/01/2018 offenders have forced entry to a site office. They have smashed the end of a flatbed truck and broken through the iron shutters to the stores and stolen a Laser Level, six L.E.D. lights c/w chargers.
Reported environmental issues in rural Reigate & Banstead
P18021483 – Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead –Just before 6:00am on 27/01/2018 informant reported that some kind person had dumped a large amount of garden waste completely blocking one side of the highway. The information was passed to the local authority directly.
Loose Animals (Total Police Time Spent 4 hours – 37 minutes) from01/01/18 up to 29/01/18
Please continue to check your roadside hedges and fences on a daily basis, including those where a railway line passes by.
If you have any information to assist with the investigation of these crimes please contact Surrey Police by telephone on 101 quoting the crime reference number
You are free to circulate this document to any of your contacts
From our Tandridge Area Colleagues
Blacklands Meadows, Nutfield – In the early hours of 20/01/18 two male offenders have broken into a shed but were disturbed in the process, no items stolen (Ref: 45180007348). However, they are possibly responsible for damage to vehicle when running from scene (Ref: 45180007349)
Horse Watch, Farm Watch & SUSSEX – POLICE REPORTS
Again, the biggest crime this week is theft of power tools, in most cases from outbuildings. Please consider fitting alarm systems where you have this type of equipment stored.
Over the past week there have been a number of reports of works vehicles being broken into overnight and tools being stolen. Where possible all vehicles should be emptied before being parked up for the night. Alternatively, consider backing vans up against brick walls or block any side doors with other vehicles to restrict entry.
Country Watch Signs: The first sign is free...additional signs (£10 each) from Reigate Police Station (Daily -). Please bolt/screw them onto gates/fences and check they are clean and not obscured by foliage
REMEMBER!If you are calling to report an incident of this nature. Please ensure you state that you are a Country watch member and the following:
A crime is in progress!
Suspects are still at the scene
Firearms…if any seen or suspected, (explain your working knowledge of firearms, if you have any)
Any vehicle registrations or partial registrations seen that may connect
If you are in a vehicle, give details of your vehicle so contact staff can use this as a marker to direct officers.
An important part of the Country Watch network is
Report, report, report!!!! 999 if it’s happening or 101 to contact Surrey Police if it’s happened!
If you have information about any crime, phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
(You are not asked for your name and you may receive a reward)