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Good Evening all,

Welcome to this week’s rural crime update. Below you will find some advice ref rural crime in the County, should you have any feedback please contact me on the details below.

Firstly let me start by saying a big thank you! Since last week’s Op Randall newsletter we have received lots of calls ref suspicious vehicles, each and every call is followed up and investigated so please keep them coming in!

Below is another vehicle we would like you to keep your eyes peeled for.

Keep your eyes peeled

Distinctive Transit

A distinctive Transit van has been seen acting suspiciously within the South Norfolk area which as you know has suffered several high value agricultural thefts in recent weeks. The vehicle is described as white, down the side of the nearside is a large blacked out window, with a distinctive dark coloured stripe running along part of this side of the van, there are also chevrons on the rear doors. The unknown driver was wearing high vis on the top half of their body.

Please keep your eyes peeled and report any sightings on 101 or direct to DC Andy Brown on 07900 407106. Do not approach any persons with the vehicle, but report their descriptions and registration number as soon as possible.

Don’t forget the Berlingo

A dirty white Berlingo van has been seen on a few occasions in the vicinity of recent burglary non dwellings and trailer thefts. The vehicle has peeling high visibility stripes/chevrons similar to an ex highways vehicle. If you notice this vehicle please note its registration number and report to is on 101 or direct to DC Andy Brown on 07900 407106. Below is a picture of a Berlingo van (this is not the van in question).

Farm Security

DC Andy Brown has visited more farms and is keen to visit more so please give him a bell. Andy has branched out into the farming community actively engaging & helping farmers protect their property and land.

He will offer you some great advice to help protect your livelihoods and also how we can all share information that can ultimately lead to a reduction in rural crime.

If you have any concerns ref metal theft Andy is also our metal theft coordinator and happy to help!

Please contact DC Andy Brown at [email protected] or 07900 407106.

South Norfolk Burglary Non Dwellings Significantly Reduce

You will be pleased to hear that the burglary non dwellings concerning agricultural thefts in the South Norfolk area have significantly decreased. We believe this is due to receiving public calls with information, targeted proactive patrols and members of the community taking better precautions to protect their property. Let’s not fall into complacency however, report anything suspicious to us.


Mark those trailers!

You will be aware of our advice in recent weeks to mark up your trailers as obviously as possible. We continue to urge you to protect your property. Situate your trailers near to CCTV cameras or Wildlife cameras as this may assist us in capturing these offenders and returning your property to you. Secure barns and garages are not a deterrent for these organised criminals, cameras will greatly assist.

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles or persons to us immediately, obtaining a registration number of a vehicle will help us greatly.

Consider welding the sides of your trailers highlighting your company name or post code for example, in a very obvious place. You could also consider etching or scratching in the same type of information. Please take photos of these markings so in the event of any theft we will have the evidence needed to reunite you with your property if it is found. Take the time this weekend to protect your trailers.

Rural crime updates

Please find information below regarding rural crime in Norfolk from 15th April – 21st April 2016, I am pleased to say there is little rural crime to report.

Burglary other than dwelling

Coltishall – Unknown persons have entered an insecure Church and stolen valuables. The investigation continues.

Newton Flotman – Unknown persons have entered an insecure outbuilding and stolen a ride on lawn mower, hedge cutter and strimmer.

Theft other – None of note

Criminal Damage – None of note

Burglary Dwelling – None of note

Theft from motor vehicle – None of note

Theft of motor vehicle

Burston – Two Land Rover Defenders have been stolen from the owner’s driveway, a window smashed on one of them. The victim disturbed the offenders who made off. This case is currently under investigation.

If you have any information in relation to the above incidents or you have information you would like to see on this newsletter please contact me on the details below

Should you have any concerns or information about rural crime do not hesitate to call us on 101, in an emergency please dial 999. Alternatively, if it is not urgent please forward me an email at [email protected]

Wishing you all a safe weekend


T/Sgt 1494 Horton-Smith

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