[C]umbria Constabulary are appealing to communities within the Allerdale area to remain vigilant to the threat of rural thefts and burglaries. An increase in such crimes is likely as the nights get darker in the run up to winter.
Recent incidents have targeted outbuildings, insecure barns and sheds during the hours of darkness. Tools, farm machinery, quad bikes and diesel are just some of the items which have been stolen. Officers are also urging residents to use some simple security measures in order to reduce the risk towards their property.
People are advised to ensure that all outbuildings are locked when not in use, to use weatherproof padlocks and to reverse the hinges on shed doors so that they cannot be unscrewed.
Residents are also reminded to lock tools and machinery away and out of sight when not in use. As not only could they be at risk of theft but tools can be used to gain access to surrounding buildings.
Other advice from the officers is not to leave keys or valuables in farm vehicles and machinery, to always keep gates padlocked shut, make sure all tools and valuables are security marked and to place warning signs around properties to deter potential thieves.
Inspector Richard Smillie said: “Officers will continue to patrol across the area to provide reassurance to victims and communities however, to assist us in our efforts to apprehend these criminals, I would appeal to the residents in our rural areas to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see to the police”.
Anyone who has any information can be contact police on 101 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.