North East farms at risk as dark nights close in

A combination of dark nights and continued economic uncertainty is a recipe for an increase in rural crime, says the CLA in the North

A rural farming scene
A rural farming scene

A combination of dark nights and continued economic uncertainty is a recipe for an increase in rural crime, says the CLA in the North.

As the clocks go back an hour this weekend, the CLA is reminding farmers and landowners that October and November are statistically the two months in the year where police receive more reports of burglaries than any other time.

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy and public affairs, said: “Sadly, rural areas present the greatest opportunity for thieves.

“Isolated houses and buildings, less lighting, fewer witnesses and the ease of being able to watch the owner’s movements all add up to a very attractive target for thieves.

“Protecting your property need not be complicated, but does need to be effective. Tools and equipment should never be left lying unprotected, and ignition keys should never be left in vehicles.

“Installing security lights can be an effective deterrent as thieves can see them and know their presence will be picked up.

“Look around your premises now, and try to do so with a thief’s eye, looking for weak spots and areas in permanent darkness. Remember, thieves are very unlikely to drive through the front gate.”

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