There has been a marked increase in the number of enquiries Police Scotland has received asking for advice on persons visiting your property or that of a neighbour. This shows good progress as it means that those of us in rural Scotland are all starting to notice more around us and that if you or a family member feels something is not right then you should get in touch with Police Scotland.
There has also been fewer incidents of livestock on our busy roads. In order to try and eradicate these calls completely, check your fences and gates on a regular basis and by doing this you’ll be adding to the safety of road users. Damage to gates and fences can happen through the night as you know; a car may go through a fence, reverse out and drive off leaving a gaping hole and an exit point for your livestock, so please make it one of your regular checks.
Remaining on the livestock theme, there has been a number of sheep worrying incidents in March. Police Scotland tried to publicise this as much as they could promoting responsible control of dogs.
At this time of year a lot of farmers will be lambing or about to start lambing. If you think you have a dog loose in the area then please call the Police. Over the Easter period they have a campaign against livestock worrying, trying to encourage responsible behaviour when in charge of a dog in rural areas.
One male has been reported for a number of diesel thefts from rural properties in North Ayrshire. This still seems to be an ongoing problem throughout the counties. Diesel and heating oil is still hot property, try to think how you could make your fuel more secure. If you feel you need some advice then Police Scotland can get their safer communities officer to come out and give you some sound advice on security and safety.
Here’s a summary of rural crime incidents in the area:
An amount of hand held machinery items and a pressure washer were stolen from Templehill Farm in Newmilns. The pressure washer is Nilfisk make and the other items are mostly EFCO. If you have had anyone trying to sell you these items let Police Scotland know. Remember to note down registration numbers of any unwanted visitors.
A black Honda 420 quad was stolen from Boylston Farm, Cumnock. If any of you out there have seen anything suspicious near to Boylston then let me know. The quad did have a tracker on the bike which alerted the owner straight away. The quad was recovered a short distance away. This enquiry is ongoing.
There was a wilful fire raising at Little Fenwick farm where vehicles have been set on fire. As you will know this can mean a huge amount of money in damage and lost revenue. Please take all steps to protect your fuel whether in the vehicles or bowsers.