Day of action in Wealden in a bid to tackle burglaries
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Wealden Police have carried out a day of action in a bid to tackle burglaries in our more rural areas as we head into darker nights.
On Wednesday, November 2, officers from Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team visited a number of farms, rural villages, and small businesses to offer support and advice to help protect their livelihood and property as part of Operation Scarecrow.
Some owners shared that had previously been victims of a burglary, so police gave them prevention tools and kits to help secure their property and put extra interventions in place.
These included Selecta DNA Kits to mark their valuable tools, equipment, and machinery, as well as CCTV posters and information on the UK’s National Property Register, where photographs of their valuable property can be kept
Owners were also shown how to find and use their serial numbers and take photographs of valuable property to help identify ownership in the event their property is stolen as a result of a burglary.
Officers visited farms in Selmeston, Chiddingly, East Hoathly, Whitesmith, Waldron, Forest Row, Blackham, Groombridge, Wadhurst, Cowden and Holtye - with farms ranging from cattle farms to stud farms and everything in between.
They shared the following suggestions and tips to help keep rural homes, businesses and belongings safe:
lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
mark your tools and equipment and register them
consider fitting outside security lights
install a visible burglar alarm
make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair
fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows and openings
make sure gates cannot be lifted off or have their fixing bolts removed
check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly
use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
For additional security, owners could also:
install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and turn off at dawn
install CCTV cameras to watch over the most vulnerable areas of the property
install a monitored intruder alarm system
install an entry control system infrared, intercom or keypad
use a single gated entrance/exit, removing all private access points that are not in use
Rural crime is an issue for large areas of the country, but it tends to go unreported. It can impact on insurance premiums, food prices and damage local communities.