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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Rural residents in Cumbria warned of fuel and chainsaw thefts

CHAINSAWS and diesel are among the most stolen items in rural Cumbria, police have said.

Cumbria police have urged rural residents to be on their guards after a spate of thefts with thieves targetting outbuildings and sheds.

Chainsaws have been stolen along with diesel fuel being stolen from fuel storage tanks as well as being syphoned from vehicles.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Brown, of West Cumbria CID, said: “We are tackling this issue and appeal to members of the public to report anything suspicious in the area.

“I cannot over emphasise how important the public are in providing information in relation to crimes such as these.

“Residents in rural communities will generally know locals and their vehicles.

“More importantly they will know when something looks out of place.

“We encourage them to ring 101 and report it.”

Cumbria Community Messaging alerts residents to crimes and incidents in their area.

There are approximately 1600 farmers signed up on the system, but there are many farmers who haven’t yet joined, or signed up to Farmwatch.

Crime Prevention Officer David Thompson, said: “We can all take certain precautions to protect our property, and often it is failing to take simple, practical and inexpensive measures that create opportunities for crime; so it’s worth remembering - keep it safe, keep it hidden, and keep it locked.

“Additionally Farmwatch and the associated Smartwater Scheme have been very effective in deterring rural crime, so if you haven’t joined yet, why not do it now?

“There is a vast amount of practical, common sense crime prevention advice on our website. We encourage people to take a look. However, if you don’t have access, get a friend or relative to print the advice off.

“Alternatively, give your local Crime Prevention Officer a ring on 101 and we can help.”

Visit www.cumbria.police.uk/securehome for more information.

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