We are still experiencing thefts from outbuildings, and I make no apology for raising it yet again. Please take extra care this spring to lock away valuable farm and / or garden tools, and to avoid leaving items on your land that could be useful to burglars. Power tools, hand tools, plant containers, sports equipment, bicycles are among the items most targeted by thieves, who find insecure gardening equipment easy pickings.
Many people forget to secure their outbuildings, sheds or garages. But, as most burglary is opportunistic, a burglar spots a chance to steal something and get away easily, they will.
The average outbuilding, shed or garage contains hundreds of pounds worth of equipment, and when items are kept in insecure premises, it could prove extremely tempting to burglars.
I would like to reassure you that we are do everything we can to try to identify the thieves that carry out these burglaries; but we also look for your help. Security is vitally important in rural areas and additional measures such as security lighting, CCTV, heightened door and window security and marking your property may be beneficial.
I would ask that you please be alert and report anything you see, whether a person or a vehicle acting suspiciously to us on 101. Early information is crucial to our police work.
pp Inspector Dan Gutierrez
Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
When speaking to farmers and landowners about rural crime, we are often asked if it’s worth reporting crimes affecting the rural community. Let us reassure you that Surrey Police take all reports of crime seriously and if there is the potential to collect forensic evidence from the scene then someone will attend. Please do continue to report all crimes, no matter how small they seem as individual incidents may form part of a wider series of crimes that you are not aware of.
Protect your farm
Farms can offer an attractive target for thieves on the lookout for expensive machinery and equipment as well as the sort of valuables found in any home. Some ideas to secure your farm include:
Restrict access to your land and property with locked gates, using British Standard locks and high security closed-shackle padlocks.
Keep gates to farm yards closed whenever possible – criminals see unrestricted access as an invitation to enter.
A combination of good outside security lighting, CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are regularly checked to ensure they will work when you need them.
Lock your windows and doors and remove keys from the locks keeping them out of sight.
Mark all valuable equipment, tools and other property with the name of your farm and the postcode – UV pens, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking are all options to consider, but above all PLEASE make a note of all serial numbers along with details of make and model.
Display security marker boards to show you have security.
Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cage, keeping them locked and alarmed. Consider installing anti-siphon devices.
Keep computers in well-secured buildings and change passwords monthly.
Lay gravel rather than hard standing around farm buildings.
Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access.
Ensure you have adequate insurance cover.
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
Incidents of note in Tandridge
Reported rural crimes across Tandridge
Ivy Mill Lane, Bletchingley – Around 11:30am on 30/01/18 informant reported that an intruder was on site.Entry had been gained through roof of container used to store a motor vehicle located on rural land, no damage caused and nothing stolen (Ref: 45180011213)
Felcourt Road, Lingfield – Sometime between 7:40am and 4:30pm on 29/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry to a property and stolen cash and jewellery (Ref: 45180010965)
Downlands Road, Horne – Sometime between 11:00am and 3:50pm on 29/01/18 offender(s) have gained entry to a property. There no signs of forced entry, method of entry unknown however likely to be through the use of spare key which was kept in porch area. There are no signs of a search but two money tins containing a large sum of cash have been stolen (Ref: 45180011382)
Lingfield Common Road, Lingfield – Around 10:00pm on 28/01/18 offender(s) have fired a ball bearing at a property and a pane of glass has been smashed (Ref: 45180010839)
Beadles Lane, Oxted – Sometime between 5:00pm on 26/01 & 8:00am on 29/01/18 offender(s) have pulled up and stolen approximately 55 laurel bushes (Ref: 45180010795)
Ivy Mill Lane, Godstone – Sometime between 5:30pm on 26/01 & 7:30am on 28/01/18 offender(s) have forced entry to a lock up. They have also caused damage to a motor vehicle to gained entry and have stolen a hedge trimmer and a lawn mower (Ref: 45180010735)
Prince Of Wales Road, Outwood – Sometime between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on 25/01/18 offender(s) have gained access to the Barns on a property by cutting the locks off. They have stolen items from within and left leaving the door open (Ref: 45180009469)
Antlands Lane, Shipley Bridge – Sometime between 12:30pm and 4:00pm on 25/01/18 offender(s) have damaged a fence and items in garden have been moved (Ref: 45180009432)
Reported environmental issues in rural Tandridge
Clacket Lane, Tatsfield – Just before 10:00pm on 28/01/18 informant reported that general building waste including metal pipes had been fly tripped on the lane. This information was passed directly to the Highways Authority for collection (Ref: P18022948)
Ledgers Road, Chelsham – Just before midnight on 27/01/18 informant reported that a blue and white van (Reg: LD 15 XEU) had dumped about 8 green bags, a sink, timber and ripped out kitchen materials in woodland alongside the road. This information was passed to the Local Authority for collection (Ref: P18022190)
Blackmans Lane, Farleigh – Just after 9:15pm on 25/01/18 Metropolitan Police reported that an informant that offender(s) had dumped rubbish by the side and across the middle of the road. This information was passed directly to the Highways Authority for collection (Ref: P18020336)
Kings Cross Lane, South Nutfield – Just before 8:00pm on 25/01/18 Offender(s) had set alight rubbish that had been dumped on side of road. Fire Brigade extinguished the fire and this information was passed to the Local Authority for collection (Ref: 45180009526)
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
Horse Watch, Farm Watch & SUSSEX – POLICE REPORTS
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We are asking everyone to be extra vigilant and to call us on 101 if you see anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously. If you have any information on this report then please call 101 ref 451400104260 or you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have to contact us about a non-urgent matter or to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for us at a future date please email: Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Teamtandridge@surrey.pnn.police.uk
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