Concerns raised over rural thefts

Farmers are asked to secure their machinery.
Farmers are asked to secure their machinery.

A Berwickshire community council has highlighted the importance of people taking necessary precautions against would-be thieves after a spate of thefts.

At their last meeting, Edrom, Allanton and Whitsome community council heard how a farm in Whistome had been targeted and fuel stolen from a tank.

This wasn’t the first time a farm in the area had been targeted and with that in mind community councillors said extra care needed to be taken when securing property and outbuildings.

At the same meeting it was reported that a number of Berwickshire homes had fallen victim to burgulars over the summer months.

The thefts saw items such as grass cutters, strimmers and other moveable items taken and once again community councillors are keen to hit home the importance of residents doing everything they can to prevent any thieves from cashing in.

Concerns were also raised at a recent meeting of Hutton and Paxton Community Council when it was revealed that a farmer in the area had received a call from a man pretending to be a police officer, asking him for information regarding what security he had in place for his property.

It was soon established that the police never made any such call and they believed the farmer was a victim of a phishing exercise.

The NFU have been made aware of the incident and police are warning people that they will never make any cold calls requesting such information.

Anyone who receives a suspicious call of this nature is urged not to divulge any information and to contact the police immediately.