Farm machinery thefts – and dogs

Advice from this week’s Countryside Watch.

Suspects appear to be targeting farm machinery, quad bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and anything of value such as power tools.

This is not something that is unique to Sussex, it is also happening across county borders in Hampshire, Surrey, Kent and across the UK.

As a bare minimum, all farmers/owners should ensure that the keys are removed and overnight your quad bike/ATV is kept in a locked shed. Where possible all the available options should be explored around marking and securing your vehicles.

We are also warning people not to confront suspects. Call the police on 999 immediately if a crime is in progress.

We appear to be inundated this week with dog attacks on sheep. May I remind dog walkers that their dogs must be on a lead and under control when walking near livestock. Where a dog chases livestock the owner has the legally allowed to shoot the dog. Please keep all dogs on leads when near livestock.