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Alert message sent 20/03/2019 14:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


Residents in rural communities in East Lothian are being warned to take extra crime prevention precautions after a spate of thefts fromm farms and other rural properties in the Scottish Borders.

The Thefts occurred in Jedburgh, Kelso, Smailholm , Blainslie and Gordon areas overnight between 18th - 19th March.  The following property was stolen;

  • An Ifor Williams caged trailer and Genset diesel generator were stolen from a farm near Mossburnford.  (Trailer stolen between 15th and 17th March).
  • Three Husqavarna chainsaws were stolen from a property near Makerstoun.
  • An attempt was made to overcome the security of a shed on a farm near Smailholm.
  • A Honda 420 Quad Bike was stolen from a farm near Blainslie.
  • Two Honda Quad Bikes (420 and 500 models) were stolen from a farm near Gordon.

    We would urge farmers and those living in rural areas to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to Police immediately and follow our Quad bike / ATV and general security advice;

  • Reduce access by removing all gates and entrances that are no longer in use and replacing them with a permanent fence or other barrier and secure all gates with good padlocks. Please be aware of your obligations under the outdoor access code when doing this.
  • Repair fencing promptly to prevent/restrict any future unauthorised access
  • Install a driveway / steading alarm to alert you to intruders
  • Park as close to your premises as possible, preferably out of sight from nearby roads
  • Remove keys when not in use
  • Fit wheel clamps and/or locking posts or consider an alarm
  • Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access
  • Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable. This can deter thieves and assist recovery if they are stolen
  • Consider tracking devices for high value vehicles and machinery
  • Keep a record of all vehicles with photographs and serial numbers
  • CESAR is the nationally recognised marking scheme and is fitted at source to many new quads and tractors
  • CESAR registered vehicles have their own unique ‘fingerprint’, that is impossible for thieves to remove
  • CESAR registered vehicles are 4 times less likely to be stolen and 6 times more likely to be identified if stolen
  • Many insurance companies offer premium discounts for vehicles fitted with CESAR
  • Only approved suppliers can fit CESAR. Please contact your local dealer for further information
  • Beware of any suspicious callers – strangers may not always be what they seem. Check their identity and if in doubt, note their description and any vehicle they may be using and call the police. Your call may be important and save others from the opportunist thief
    A complete guide to “Security in the Rural Environment” can be accessed from the Police Scotland website
    Comprehensive crime prevention advice can be obtained from your local policing team by telephoning 101.
    Remember: If you can think of a way of defeating your existing security measures, so can the criminal.
    Any suspicious activity should be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101, or alternatively information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. For emergencies call 999
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Allen Paul (Police, Constable, Lothian and Scottish Borders)

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