The National Property Register (https://www.immobilise.com/ ) is advocated by many Police services, and is a free-to-use centralised register which is referenced frequently by the Police in the investigation of theft and crime.
Dog owners are being reminded to keep their pets under control following a number of incidents of sheep worrying across the county, especially around this time during lambing season.
Allowing a dog to worry or attack livestock is a criminal offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.
Sheep represent a farmer’s income and are often worth a substantial sum. If they are attacked or killed, the loss that farmers face can leave them substantially out of pocket.
Sheep worrying can include dogs attacking animals physically, running after them or chasing the sheep around, especially when they are carrying lambs or there are young lambs within the flock. Dog faeces left on grazing land may also carry disease that can kill sheep and affect unborn lambs.
Police can seize and detain a dog where an officer has a reasonable cause to believe that the dog has been worrying livestock on agricultural land; and no person is present who admits to being the owner of the dog. It can ultimately lead to a dog being put down.
Ultimately a landowner by law, and as a last resort for protecting their livestock, is able to shoot a dog which they believe is worrying sheep. However, nobody wants to see this outcome.
Advice for dog owners
When walking dogs in rural areas, dog owners are advised about the following:
Always ensure your dog is under control in an area where there are livestock or wild animals.
Be particularly vigilant during lambing season and always keep dogs on a lead during this time.
If your dog is not good with other animals or people, avoid letting them off their lead when others are around.
Don't allow people who may not be confident in doing so or have full control over the animal to walk your dog.
Remember where there may be no livestock in a field one day, the same location could be full of animals the next.
Ultimately a landowner by law, and as a last resort for protecting their livestock, is able to shoot a dog which they believe is worrying sheep. Police must be notified within 48 hours if this course of action is taken.
Anyone who witnesses an incident of sheep worrying livestock or who has information relating to dogs being dangerously out of control is urged to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 immediately
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David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)
Our local PCSO is Arlene Ormston. Her contact details are:
If you're not sure who is at the door, don't open it! Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. Gas, Electricity, Water or Police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any phone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus.
Ask the caller to put their identification through the letter box so that you have time to check the details. Telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come along and check out the caller before you open the door to them.
Many utility service providers like Gas, Electricity and Water provide password schemes or hotline numbers for customers to call, to check the identity of callers before opening the door. Speak to your utility provider.
Keep your door locked and windows secure at all times. Check the back door is locked before answering the front door.
Don't keep large quantities of cash at home: put it in the bank or post office where it is safe.
If someone asks for your help, needs to make a telephone call, has lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or requests a pen and paper for example, refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and assist.
Not sure? Don't open the door!
Use of footpaths and bridleways (19th May 2020)
With everyone out using our lovely countryside as part of their daily exercise please remember that the footpaths (yellow markers) are for walking and running and not for cycling. The bridleways (blue markers) can be used for cycling as well as walking & horse riding.
Please don't ride bikes on the footpaths around the fields. To find all the bridleways / footpaths around a village go to https://mymsg.eu/92q1 Go to My Maps, navigate over to the area where you want to walk, then click on “Public Rights of Way” from the list on the left side to turn on the rights of way layer. The bridleways will be marked in green, and footpaths in purple.
There have been recent incidents of uncontrolled dogs harassing ewes and lambs, and also of damage to crops. So please stay on the footpaths, keep your dog under close control, and enjoy our glorious countryside.
Many thanks and stay safe
PCSO C1018 Arlene Ormston
Equipment and tool security
Equipment and tool security can be a particular issue for rural businesses and farms. To keep your belongings safe:
For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages.
Estate and building security
A good standard of building security is very important in rural areas, especially for outbuildings that may not be visited for weeks at a time.Farmhouses and other rural properties are the same as any other home, so general home security advice still applies.
However, because of the remote location, additional security measures may be beneficial.To protect your rural home or business:
For additional security you could also:
For information and general advice on protecting your property visit our burglary advice pages.
Take a good look around your property boundary for any potential places where it could be made more secure.Consider:
All incidents of illegal activity should be reported to the appropriate authority as soon as possible. If you are able to, make a note of any vehicle details and a description of the people involved.Always consider your own personal safety first before approaching anyone you think might be doing something illegal.Illegal occupationAs a landowner it’s your responsibility to protect your land from unauthorised occupation. Making sure your premises and boundaries are secure will greatly reduce the risk of unauthorised occupation.To help protect your land you could:
If your land does become illegally occupied, you can take proceedings to the county court to obtain a court order for the eviction of illegal occupants. Occupants who fail to comply with this notice by leaving the land as soon as reasonably possible are committing an offence. For more information about environment crime, such as fly tipping and illegal off-roading read our environment crime page.
Diesel theft is a problem for many farms and rural properties. Fuel tanks stored in rural and isolated locations are very attractive to thieves looking for an easy target.
You should check your livestock and the security of boundary fencing regularly. If they're making more noise than usual this could mean something has disturbed them.
Always report any suspicious activity involving livestock to the police.
Thames Valley Police are accessible via both Facebook and Twitter:
TVP Milton Keynes (Facebook), or;
Watch for tweets from #MKHNPT #C1018 Ormston - these will be from our PCSO (Arlene Ormston)
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