Rural crime can be an issue for large areas of the Thames Valley. As spring approaches, we would like to take the time to remind you of simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of rural crime.

This week, keep an eye out on our social media channels for key rural crime prevention tips and local activity that we carry out daily in support of rural crime prevention.

These range from how to keep your machinery and equipment safe, to how to protect your land and boundaries.

At this time of year, livestock worrying is also an increasing problem. It is important that dogs are kept under control to protect both livestock and your pet.

There is also lots of detailed advice on our website.

It is vital to report all crimes. If it is an emergency and happening right now, call 999. If the incident has already happened or you have information that does not require an immediate response, please make a report online or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on their dedicated rural crime line 0800 783 0137, or through their online form.

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