Wiltshire Horse and Farm Watch Updates

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Wiltshire Horse & Farm Watch 27th June 2019


This is a Wiltshire Horse & Farm Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police. You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; they can sign up to receive it directly from Wiltshire Messaging and choosing ‘Horse Watch’. or 'Farm Watch'.

This week's features:

Recent Crimes and Incidents
Horses and Motorbikes
Do you own agricultural or plant machinery?

Replies to this newsletter are not monitored 24/7. If you want to report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. Call 999 if someone is at immediate risk of being injured or a crime is in progress. You can also call Rural Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 783 0137 or via their website Crimestoppers Stamp Out Rural Crime


Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas since the last newsletter. Check the security you have in place for your animals and belongings, keep an eye out for items for sale that match descriptions and/or pictures and if you can offer any information on these incidents call 101 and quote the crime reference number. You can also call Rural Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 783 0137.
Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Warminster 06/06/2019 14:31 54190054379 Unknown person/s have cut the barbed wire fencing and climbed over the sheep netting to gain access to the field and the farm buildings causing damage to both the wire and the netting. No further damage was caused and nothing was taken.
Great Durnford, Salisbury 06/06/2019 17:05 - 06/06/2019 17:10 54190054513 RP was cutting the roadside hedge and left their leaf blower under the stepladder 15 yards away. A vehicle pulled up cautiously and when the IP had finished cutting the hedge he found his blower was gone.
Property: Stihl BG 86 C-E Leaf Blower (TVO £319.99).
Milbourne, Malmesbury 05/06/2019 13:55 54190055858 Unknown male suspect has entered the yard and parked his van. He has gone to the rear of the yard where there were scrap copper hot water cylinders stored and stolen 6 of them. Estimated value £200.
Hindon 16/06/2019 11:40 54190057742 Two unknown white males seen entering a farm and looking around for scrap metal. When they was approached by the RP they got into a white van and drove off.
Kingston Deverill 16/06/2019 15:00 54190057771 Two unknown white males have entered the RPs property and looked in an open garage. One aged approx. 50, tall, heavy build, thin gingery/light hair and other late 50’s, heavy build, brown hair. The RP has approached and asked what they are doing, they stated ‘looking for batteries'. They have then driven off. RP then saw them go to a neighbouring farm so again approached them and asked what they were doing. They have left the second farm behind RP.
Upper Seagry 15/06/2019 08:23 54190057979 Unknown suspects have pulled up in a vehicle and gone to the rear of the farm house yard area. One suspect exited vehicle, then returned to the car a short time later stating 'neither is open'. The vehicle has then driven off. The RP believes suspects were referring to the back door of the property and the garden shed (as both locked).
Sedgehill 19/06/2019 11:00 – 11:20 54190058869 Unknown suspects have gained entry to the yard by climbing across a locked gate, leaving a vehicle parked nearby. Suspects have then ripped off the main CCTV camera and subsequently moved the direction of the other cameras in the yard. They have then tried to enter outbuildings without success (all were locked). The suspects took only the CCTV camera they had ripped down.
Rowde 08/06/2019 11:10 54190059273 RP and friend were riding their horses down a small lane. A motorbike exited a corner at speed and swerved to avoid horses, which were waiting in single file anticipating the vehicle. This has spooked one of the horses. Whilst rider still trying to calm horse two cars have then approached quickly around the corner and had to make emergency stops to not collide with each other or horse.
Castle Eaton 19/06/2019 23:10 54190059308
Four unknown male suspects have driven onto the farm and attempted to break into RPs unit using Pipe grips, before being chased off by a staff member on site.
Norton 19/06/2019 18:00 - 20/06/2019 13:00 54190059389 Unknown suspect/s have smashed a small pane of glass to open a window and gain entry into an unused farmhouse. Cupboard then broken open and a clock located and stolen. Suspect has attempted to break into a stable where a lawn mower is stored, but failed to gain access. They have also broken off the lock of a storage container within the grounds of the property and entered the container. Not believed to have taken anything other than broken container locks.
Ratfyn Substation, Amesbury 21/06/2019 03:00-04:30 54190059692 Unknown suspects have removed gate posts and entered secure substation yard. Internal metal fencing has also been stolen and two metal containers forced open. Quantity of small plant equipment has been stolen. Value unknown.
Avebury 21/06/2019 06:00 – 07:00 54190059714 Unknown suspect/s have scrawled 25 meters of graffiti on the side of the farm.
Swindon 20/06/2019 18:00 - 21/06/2019 09:00 54190059746 Unknown males have climbed over gates into a yard and stolen a quantity of copper tanks and also siphoned diesel out of vehicle. Damage has also been caused to a skip costing approximately £500.
Bulford, Salisbury 20/06/2019 18:00 - 21/06/2019 07:00 54190059753 Unknown suspects have removed gate posts and entered secure yard. The suspects have driven over the field causing Damage to the crops. The suspects have stolen a Honda pressure washer TVO £1500.
Lushill, Swindon 22/06/2019 16:46 54190060523 RP reporting that he is the gardener to a rental property and has discovered that farm house has been broken into.
Stoford Bush, Salisbury 23/06/2019 11:00 54190060849 Van parked in gateway to a crop field and a male seen with a lurcher dog walking through the crops. RP concerned potential poacher.

Horses and Motorbikes

 As shared on the Wiltshire Police Rural Crime Team Facebook Page, please view the Trail Riders Fellowship video that is encouraging motorbike riders to consider the horses they might encounter and for everyone to share the countryside. You can watch it here and also share it on your own social media.

Do you own agricultural or plant machinery?

If so, watch this newly released Plant & Agricultural Machinery Thefts video produced by the Met Police. Nothing is too big to be stolen, and the targeted machinery is not always for resale but could be intended for future criminal activity.

A reminder of advice from the last newsletter regarding agricultural machinery: 

• Remove all GPS guidance receivers, aerials or antenna globe when not in use and keep them locked away in secure locked place when possible.

• Considered fitting security tethers to devices to stop them being removed.

• Consider marking these with UV pen or engraving your postcode or forensic marking such as Datatag are all options to consider. Machines fitted and registered with certain security markings are 4 times less likely to be stolen and our 6 times more likely to be recovered if they are stolen.

• Store machinery inside locked barns if possible.

• Where locking machines away isn’t an option consider fitting mains or battery operated alarms to outbuildings or around the perimeter of areas where machines are stored.

• If you are considering fitting CCTV then please consider fitting this as well as alarms as part of a system. CCTV cannot be relied on fully as this won’t alert you at the time that you have intruders.

• CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are checked regularly to ensure they will work when you need them and they are placed in a position that won’t be triggered by animals or foliage moving in the wind.

• Record machinery serial numbers and photographs for reference. This will help police should they be stolen with press releases and social media appeals furthering the chances of the items being recovered. You can use www.immobilise.com to record your property, and ITS FREE!

• Let employees know the security arrangements that are expected of them while working on the farm.

• Encourage farm staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to the police. We don't know unless you tell us!





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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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