Farmers warned to protect stacks this harvest – with SPACE

Stock image of a haystack fire
Stock image of a haystack fire

Rural crime officers from Operation Randall are issuing vital advice to farmers about protecting their stacks this harvest season.

Detective Constable Andy Brown said: “Each year we see a number of arsons in the region. In an attempt to tackle these we have met with our partners at the National Farmers Union (NFU) to pull together some important crime prevention advice.

“As you and your colleagues prepare the stacks this season please take note of the below advice.

“Let’s work together to share and report any suspicious behaviour – just remember SPACE.”

Stacks – Ensure your stacks are not close to the roadside, forcing an arsonist into a wide open space will be less appealing to them. Have smaller stacks, losing a smaller stack will have a lesser impact on your business than losing a large stack. Refer to your insurance policy as you may find you will only be covered for a maximum amount and may be obliged to place your stacks at a set distance from the roadside.

Patrols – Instruct your staff to conduct roaming patrols recording the registrations and descriptions of any vehicle or persons seen acting suspiciously. Conduct these patrols at various times of the day and night.

Arson – In the event of an arson dial 999, monitor any onlookers noting descriptions and vehicles. Offenders will often return to watch the commotion that follows, remain vigilant and discuss your observations with the fire service and police at the scene.

Cameras – Utilise wildlife cameras, they are very affordable, they do not require electricity and can be used throughout the rest of the year helping to protect other areas of your business.

Evidence – Report your suspicions to police immediately so they can promptly investigate. They can share suspicious activity with subscribers of the Op Randall newsletter and by sharing your information throughout the rural community they are more likely to obtain the evidence required. Contact DC Andy Brown on his mobile number 07900 407106 or via the Op Randall email OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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