Rural Crime

Rural crime can be an issue for large areas of the Thames Valley. As the evenings begin to draw in, we would like to take the time to remind you of simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of rural crime.

From 6-13 October, keep an eye out on our social media channels for key rural crime prevention tips and local activity that we carry out daily in support of rural crime prevention.

These range from how to keep your machinery and equipment safe, to how to protect your land and boundaries.

At this time of year, we tend to see an increase in hare coursing, damage to fencing and boundaries, and acquisitive crime including theft and burglary in rural communities. It is important that you ensure your property is secure, fences and boundaries are looked after and that any suspicious behaviour is reported, providing as much detail as possible on the location and details of the people and vehicles involved.

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of large items of waste. It is a civil offence to fly tip and so reports should be made to your local council. Reports of fly tipping in progress, with the offenders on scene should be reported to the police on 101.

There is also lots of detailed advice on our website.

It is vital to report all crimes. If it is an emergency and happening right now, call 999. If the incident has already happened or you have information that does not require an immediate response, please make a report online or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on their dedicated rural crime line 0800 783 0137, or through their online form.

 Updated: 03/10/2019 by Luke Stratford (Police, Comms, HQ South)