Security advice for farm shops and independent meat retailers


At this time of year any establishment selling poultry and meat in the run up to Christmas can be vulnerable to burglary and theft.

In particular farm shops and butchers may be targeted.

There are simple measures that can help to deter intruders and reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Be alert to any unusual or suspicious behaviour at your premises, or land near to it. Even phone calls asking which types of meat you stock etc. or anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Consider perimeter security: Are there weak points where someone could enter without being seen? Do you have secure perimeter fencing/trees/ walls and gates? For large boundaries think about using Perimeter Beam Alarms which can cover long distances and may be cheaper to install than a physical boundary. These will then send an alert to your phone or a transponder to confirm that your boundary has been accessed.

Make routine checks on your boundaries, doors, windows and gates to ensure all access points are closed and locked at the end of the working day. Make sure that windows are locked without keys being left in the lock. Make sure all your external doors have locks one third from the top of the door, one third from the bottom as well as a strong central dead-bolt lock.

Good security lighting can help deter an opportunist thief, also consider lighting to support CCTV systems.
Dusk to dawn lighting is recommended for the front of a premises and movement sensitive for the rear.

Consider installing Security Alarms and CCTV systems, to protect buildings, stock and equipment. Look for companies that have been independently assessed such as those listed at NSI (National Security Inspectorate) or SSIAB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board)

CCTV can help you monitor animals in barns or yards, especially useful during busy times of year.

There are also DIY CCTV and Alarm Systems that can be bought and installed yourself which do not have to be too expensive. When purchasing a CCTV system make sure it has “live view” facility so that you can monitor the cameras away from the location.

Freeze branding, hot-branding, or tattooing with your postcode can also help police to identify stock.

Remember to report any suspicious vehicles or persons on either the 101 non-emergency number or 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.

Regarding vehicles think: index number, make, model, colour

Regarding persons think: height, build, ethnicity, hair colour, clothing, distinguishing features, facial hair, logo’s on clothing, accent.



Security event – Orwell

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Op Hunter event – The Pavillion, Town Green End, Orwell

Wednesday 14 December 18:00 – 20:00 hrs

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are running a further burglary initiative in the village of Orwell this week to highlight simple home security improvements that residents can make to reduce opportunist crime.
Officers and staff will be available to provide advice and information for anyone who would like to come along.

There will also be security products available at a discounted rate, as well as property coding tips.

Neighbourhood teams will be patrolling and visiting local streets during the event, to increase security awareness.

Please come along to find out more.

Drug Dealers & Burglars Convicted

TWO men on 30th November – have been  jailed for a total of 11 years after being convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine

Marcus Delamare, 45, (pictured left) and Robert Price, 48, were arrested following a police investigation that began in the summer of 2014.

Delamare, who was jailed for nine years, was found to be arranging for class A drugs to be shipped into Cambridgeshire while others were acting as couriers.

One of these was Price who police observed taking part in drugs exchanges.

Peterborough Crown Court heard officers stopped and searched a Citroen car in a planned operation at the Shell filling station at the A14 Cambridge Services on November 5, 2014.

Officers recovered 249g of cocaine (68% purity) with an estimated value of up to £20,000 from the pocket of a jacket on a rear seat.

Price, of Coneygear Court, Huntingdon, was in the car and tried to claim the substance was steroids.

However, he was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class A drug in December last year. Price was given credit for his guilty plea and jailed for two years.

Delamare, of Burton Way, Spaldwick, denied the same charge but was found guilty by a majority verdict of 10 to 2 at Peterborough Crown Court on August 8.

Detective Inspector Billy Bremner said: “This was part of an organised crime group sourcing class A drugs from outside the county and distributing them within Cambridge city.

“The case presented a number of challenges, however, it was clear that Delamare was responsible for organising the movement of drugs and sought to keep couriers, including Price, at a distance.

“Delamare had been committing this type of crime over a number of years and had evaded capture. The result demonstrates that through tenacity and solid investigative work individuals will be brought to justice and punished.”

TWO men have been jailed for a combined 40 years after being found guilty of a calculated aggravated burglary in Coton

John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court and Richard Leslie, 37, of Hatherdene Close, Cambridge were handed a 20 year sentence each at The Old Bailey  (December 2nd)

The pair, armed with a sledgehammer and a crow bar and wearing white ‘boiler’ suits and balaclavas, smashed their way into a property in Madingley Road, Coton at about 10pm on November 29, 2014.

They proceeded to subject the two elderly residents to a sustained ordeal, during which they were bound with gaffer tape and assaulted: the female victim had her toe and teeth broken by one of the offenders during the attack.

The victims were then locked in a room, from which they eventually managed to escape some hours later.

McCarthy and Leslie were both found guilty of aggravated burglary following a trial in July.

Detective Inspector Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who lead the investigation, said: “I welcome the sentences passed today. This was a truly despicable crime committed against two elderly vulnerable victims. Those who commit this type of crime need to realise that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight to bring to justice those responsible. There was some excellent initial investigation work carried out by South Cambs and Cambridge city officers both uniform and detectives that greatly assisted the MCU in gathering the evidence to get these two convicted. The detectives and support staff of the MCU worked tirelessly on this case and I want to thank them for their efforts.”

Burglar gets 18 months in prison

A burglar who attempted to steal from a village home has been jailed for 18 months – after leaving behind a phone case containing his DNA.

Andrew Dunkley 28 of Horse Shoe Lane, Weston Colville, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary before his trial was due to begin at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday 25th November.

The court was told that on August 14, Dunkley broken into a garage at the The Rookery, Balsham and attempted to gain entry into the adjoining house before he was disturbed by a neighbour.

He made off in a vehicle empty handed – but left behind a mobile phone cover which officers were able to use to forensically link him to the offence.  DS Andrew Gaunt-Warner said “the sentence should serve as a warning to others and highlight how seriously burglary is taken in Cambridgeshire.  Burglary remains a priority for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and we aim to put offenders before the courts while urging residents to take home security seriously”.

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