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Lincolnshire police warn farmers to check security following criminal damage spate

Police are advising farmers to check their security measures following a spate of reports of criminal damage.

Lincolnshire police is working with the NFU to advise farmers to take extra precautions.

Since March police have received reports of ducks being released from an outbuilding, graffiti to a village butchers shop, damage and graffiti to sheds and equipment, and a burglary.

Harvest time (26848577)
Harvest time (26848577)

Chief Insp Phil Vickers said: “We are investigating all possible lines of enquiry to find out who was involved in these incidents.

“In the meantime, I would like to advise all farmers to check their security measures such as outside lighting, CCTV and to carry out physical checks of their outbuildings, particularly overnight and to report any suspicious activity.”

The NFU’s Rhonda Thompson and Danny O’Shea work closely with Lincolnshire Police and are asking farmers to follow the force’s advice.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, force lead on rural crime for Lincolnshire Police. (32362883)
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, force lead on rural crime for Lincolnshire Police. (32362883)

Rhonda said: "Our partnership with Lincolnshire Police works really well, and we would encourage NFU members to follow these wise precautions to help keep the number of incidents to a minimum.

“As we get into the 2020 harvest, I would also ask our members to make sure that all farm machinery is secured and that keys are kept in a safe place, like a key safe.

“Harvest is a particularly vulnerable time for farmers - and criminals are all too aware of how to take advantage.”

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