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Alert message sent 13/08/2019 19:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Dorset Police need to know about sightings of suspicious vehicles, padlocks being bolt-cropped, tyre tracks in fields and gates left open – we need to know what is happening, when, where and how.

We also need people to report poaching, hare coursing and illegal fishing to us.  

Noticed anything suspicious in your rural area?

Know someone who’s poaching or selling cheap Venison, Pheasant or Hare?

If you pass on valuable intelligence, we will act on it and bring offenders to justice.

We would also advise these measures to prevent poachers from entering your land:

• Keep the gates to your land locked and make sure that the hinges are capped to prevent gates being lifted off the hinges.

• Block up unused gateways with tree trunks, old machinery or other heavy objects.

• Consider fitting wildlife or trail cameras to detect vehicle or person movement.

• Fit gate alarms which can be linked to a mobile phone.

• Consider fitting wildlife or trial cameras to fields where livestock are present to detect vehicle or person movement.

• Consider fitting early warning intervention alarms that will link to your phone.

• Consider digging ditches around the farm when other security measures such as thorny hedges aren’t adequate enough to keep out vehicles, ditches should be a meter wide by a meter deep. (Check with the RPA before digging, just in case this interferes with subsidies)

If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Rural Crimestoppers on 0800 783 0137 or by visiting www.ruralcrimereportingline.uk  

Alternatively you can call Dorset Police on 101 or report via email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or you can use the Dorset Police website https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/  

Remember for a crime in progress please call 999.
Message sent by
Tom Balchin (Dorset Police, Rural Crime Team, Police Community Support Officer, Dorset)

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