Cumbria police in rural crime clampdown
POLICE in Cumbria have launched an operation aimed at preventing thefts in rural areas, particularly of quad bikes.
Operation Nobble covers the north and west policing areas of the county, including Eden district. Police are appealing for people to remain vigilant to the threat of rural thefts and burglaries.
Detective Inspector Andrew Donnelly said: “Officers will continue to patrol across the area to provide reassurance to victims and communities. However, to assist us in our efforts to apprehend these criminals, I would appeal to the residents in our rural areas to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or vehicles they see to the police.”
People are advised to ensure all outbuildings are locked when not in use, and to use weatherproof padlocks and reverse the hinges on shed doors so that they cannot be unscrewed.
Residents are also reminded to lock tools and machinery away and out of sight when not in use. Not only could they be at risk of theft but tools can be used to gain access to surrounding buildings.
Other advice from officers is not to leave keys or valuables in farm vehicles and machinery, to always keep gates padlocked shut, make sure all tools and valuables are security marked and to place warning signs around properties to deter potential thieves.
Anyone who has any information on any thefts should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.