Rural landowners urged to be vigilant after North East farms targeted

Officers from Police Scotland are urging rural business and landowners to be vigilant following a number of thefts.

Officers from Police Scotland are urging rural business and land owners to be vigilant following a number of thefts.

Farms in the Dyke area of Forres and Deskford area of Buckie were targeted between Monday evening (May 27, 2019) and Wednesday morning (May 29, 2019) whereby a number of tools, animal feed and weedkiller worth almost £4,000 were stolen.

Earlier this week officers also appealed for information following the theft of chemicals (herbicides) worth approximately £10,000 from a farm in the Westerton area of Meikle Wartle near Inverurie between Friday May 17 and Saturday, May 25.

As part of ongoing enquiries, officers in the North East have been liaising with officers in the Highlands and Islands following a similar incident at a farm near Munlochy on the Black Isle. A quantity of agricultural chemicals, including fungicides and herbicides, along with a tractor GPS system were taken after entry was forced to a storage building between Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24.

PC Jamie Barclay said

To have so many similar thefts take place in the region in such a short space of time is extremely rare and therefore very concerning. Rural communities are generally very safe places in which to live and work however the nature of the environment and way of life means that visible security measures can be essential if you want to prevent crime. Police Scotland’s website has some useful advice and crime prevention tips which can be found at – https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/rural-crime

I appeal to anyone with information about these crimes to get in touch as soon as possible by calling Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Please quote reference number CF0133750519.

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