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Grazing animals can be a target for criminals and should be treated like any other valuables, employing crime prevention measures where necessary.

Suggested practices:

  • Check fields where animals are grazing daily, if possible, as they are an easy target for thieves.
  • Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair. Ditches also form a natural barrier.
  • Fit field gates with capping hinges so they cannot be removed easily.
  • Cattle grids should be removable and locking posts should be used to prevent large openings in the yard.
  • Consider using CCTV, allowing animals to be watched in barns or yards from the comfort of your home. This can be useful during busy times like lambing season.
  • If livestock is stolen, it's important you give police an accurate description. Ear tags help police to identify stock. Freeze-branding, hot-branding or tattooing with your postcode can also help.
  • Take photographs of particularly valuable animals. 
  • Report all suspicious activity to the police: in an emergency dial 999 - non-emergency dial 101.