Can you help Dorset Police crack down on rural crime?

Can you help Dorset Police crack down on rural crime?

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:54pm 20th August 2019.

If you live in a rural area you can keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Some signs to look out for:

  • suspicious vehicles
  • tyre tracks in fields 
  • gates being left open
  • padlocks being bolt-cropped

They also want us to report any instances of poaching, hare coursing and illegal fishing.

Farm gate

Dorset Police's top tips to prevent poachers from entering your land:

  • Keep the gates to your land locked and make sure that the hinges are capped to prevent gates being lifted off the hinges
  • Block up unused gateways with tree trunks, old machinery or other heavy objects
  • Consider fitting wildlife or trail cameras to detect vehicle or person movement
  • Fit gate alarms which can be linked to a mobile phone
  • Consider fitting wildlife or trial cameras to fields where livestock are present to detect vehicle or person movement
  • Consider fitting early warning intervention alarms that will link to your phone
  • Consider digging ditches around the farm when other security measures such as thorny hedges aren't adequate enough to keep out vehicles, ditches should be a meter wide by a meter deep. (Check with the RPA before digging, just in case this interferes with subsidies)

To report suspicious rural activity:

Call Rural Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 783 0137 or by visiting 

Alternatively you can call Dorset Police on 101 or report via email to 

Remember for a crime in progress, call 999.