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August 2013



DAY 7 - Tack marking at Snowball Farm and feisty Friesians on the A40

PCSO Vicky Kiffin had a busy day yesterday (7/8) marking up horse tack at Snowball Farm in Burnham. 40 pieces of tack were marked using Datatag’s equestrian security kits.

TVP have secured discounts on Datatag tack marking kits for Thames Valley horse owners. See the below flier for more info. If you would like to speak to your Neighbourhood Policing Team about securing your stables and tack, you can find out who they are and contact them via the TVP website.

DAY 6 Chiltern and South Bucks find stolen Ifor Williams trailer

Chiltern and South Bucks began the first of their summer five days yesterday (5/8) patrolling alongside Datatag representative, Nick Mayall.

While patrolling the village of Ashley Green just north of Chesham, Nick spotted what he thought looked like a stolen trailer.  "The first thing I noticed, from about 20 yards away, was that the laser etched security code,which are always on the chassis on Ifor Williams trailers, had been welded over."

On closer inspection, it was discovered that the serial number on top if the A frame had been ground off and the chassis plate had obviously been tampered with, quite clear and obvious signs of a stolen trailer.Although no arrests have been made in connection with the stolen trailer yet, the trailer has been recovered and will be taken to the TVP vehicle examiner to restore the original security code and of course, find the real owner!

Sgt Melvin Mutch, from the Amersham Neighbourhood Policing Team (and recent 2 time gold medallist at the World Police and Fire Games 2013, round of applause please!!) said: "This is great example of how Datatag can work in partnership with us to combat thefts of farming and agricultural property. "Their knowledge about farming equipment is extensive and they have passed on specialist advice to our officers about what to look out for on tampered or potentially stolen farming machinery. This advice is incredibly valuable to the team while we continue to tackle rural crime."

DAY 5: Milton Keynes

As part of the Rural Milton Keynes Neighbourhood’s 100 days of action, Crime Prevention Advisor, Amanda Oak visited 55 farms in the area with the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Crime Prevention Advisors are able to offer specialist support and expertise in a number of different crime subjects.

The team gave specific farm crime prevention advice on access control, tool marking, fuel and diesel theft and agricultural plant machinery protection as well as conducting a farm security assessment and providing Thames Valley Police Country Watch gate signs.

CSOs will also be doing a follow up visit to the farms to discuss opportunities to get tools and agricultural machinery security marked with the Thames Valley Rural Crime Partners, Datatag.

If you are interested in crime prevention advice specific to farming, you can contact your local neighbourhood policing team who can arrange a visit. Find out who your local officers are via the Thames Valley Police website.

After the first of the ‘100 days of action’ stints, Sergeant Andy Paulden said: “Everyone who has contributed to the operation this week has found it rewarding and feedback from the rural community has been generally very positive.

“We’ve signed up more people to Farm Watch, Horse Watch and Country Watch via Thames Valley Alerts so we are able to continue keeping everyone informed about what’s happening in the area."

The team will carry on visiting farms in the area and patrolling off the beaten track roads.