Farmers and landowners in Northamptonshire are being reminded to mark their property because the county has already acquired eight stories of farm theft because the begin of January.

The eight stories that Northamptonshire Police’s Rural Crime Crew have acquired relate to sheep farming tools, with sheep hurdles, sheep dealing with techniques, weigh scales, sheering machines, guillotine gates and sheep feeders being focused.

Investigations into these offences are in course of and the place related, neighbouring forces are serving to to recuperate stolen property and return it to its house owners.

Northamptonshire Police rural crime officer, PC Chloe Gillies, mentioned: “We work very carefully with our colleagues from neighbouring forces, each sharing data and intelligence, to find and recuperate property which has been stolen from Northamptonshire or throughout the county borders.”

A key prevention measure towards tools theft, PC Gillies mentioned, is “clearly and completely marking your possessions, ideally along with your surname and postcode”.

“This makes them much less engaging to criminals in addition to making it extra doubtless that they are often returned to you if they’re stolen,” she mentioned.

“Protecting an in depth, up-to-date checklist of all of your tools can also be actually necessary, so for a dealing with system this would come with noting the model and part components, resembling variety of hurdles, sizes, whether or not it contains guillotine gates, turnover crates, and so forth.

“The perfect method is to construct up layers of safety on your premises and objects – don’t depend on one aspect alone however use a number of to make it an unappealing goal for a would-be thief however for those who do know the place such objects are being marketed on the market, please tell us,” she added.

Based on Northamptonshire Police, stolen tools is often moved in a foreign country rapidly after which typically offered at an public sale. Due to this, the pressure can also be urging patrons to play their half and report something suspicious.