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Tandridge Country Watch Newsletter



Bulletin No:  03

8th February 2018




Dear Country Watch Members,


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.


Kind Regards


pp Inspector Dan Gutierrez

Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector


Crime Prevention


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:


  1. Restrict access to your land and property with locked gates, using British Standard locks and high security closed-shackle padlocks.
  2. Keep gates to farm yards closed whenever possible – criminals see unrestricted access as an invitation to enter.
  3. 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.
  4. Lock your windows and doors and remove keys from the locks keeping them out of sight.
  5. 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.
  6. Display security marker boards to show you have security.
  7. Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cage, keeping them locked and alarmed. Consider installing anti-siphon devices.
  8. Keep computers in well-secured buildings and change passwords monthly.
  9. Lay gravel rather than hard standing around farm buildings.
  10. 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 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


Nothing to Report



General information


Do you know somebody who is carrying out criminal activity but fear the consequences of being identified as the person who reported them? Maybe you've seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness?

If you feel like this, it's easy to think there is nothing you can do, but there is. Crimestoppers is there to support you. Tell them what you know, either by phone on 0800 555 111 or on the anonymous online form and nobody will ever find out who you are


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.

More information about securing your property can be found by visiting

Country Watch Signs

The first sign is free...additional signs (£10 each) from Caterham Police Station (Opening Hours 10:00 -16:00). Please bolt/screw them onto gates/fences and check they are clean and not obscured by foliage.


National Equine Crime Database


Saddle Marking (Equine community)
If you would like your saddles marked (free) then please email your interest to (signs cost £10 each)


Getting and using a horse passport


Environmental Issues

Report a problem - Potholes, fallen trees, road signs damaged, street lights not working? There are lots of issues that can be reported direct to Surrey County Council online


REMEMBER!  If you are calling to report an incident, 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).
  • Exact location.
  • 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.


Please be vigilant and if you have any information or see any suspicious vehicles please contact us on 101 or via our online services


This form should be used for reporting non-emergency matters only and may take several hours for us to respond to any incident reported through this online service.

Alternatively you can report it anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An important part of the Country Watch network is

Report, Report, Report! 999


Tandridge Beat Facebook Page


Are you following our Tandridge Beat Facebook page? Find news and updates from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. We have a growing audience and would love you to join us.

Don’t forget you can also tweet us @TandridgeBeat


Just a gentle reminder that our Safer Neighbourhood Team mail box, Facebook and Twitter account are not monitored 24/7.   To report incidents please call 101 or in an emergency 999.


Thank you all for your continued support.


Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team

Telephone: 01483 630220



Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch


The Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch organisation have a Web site which also lists previous newsletters not only for Neighbourhood Watch but also for Country Watch.


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 Team


The information you provide will be read and treated in confidence when the staff are next on duty.


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Ken Richards (Surrey Police, CountryWatch Administrator, Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge)

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