Hare Coursing Arrest – Kenilworth

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Whilst Rural Crime Officers were on patrol a call came in of a hare coursing incident in the Kenilworth area.

After a blue light run from another area of the county the officers found a white Ford Ranger reversing down a dirt track from around where the caller had advised. The occupant of the vehicle stated he was very busy and had things to do. 

Unfortunately his nervousness, muddy clothing and slip lead on the passenger seat raised the officers suspicion and they did further checks.In the vehicle they found a thermal scope, three very skinny white lurchers in the back of the truck along with a few other interesting items.  The person was arrested, everything seized including the vehicle and dogs.

Reports of hare coursing are being reported in a number of areas around the county and Warwickshire Police are asking for your help in reporting any incidents or suspicious activity.

Hare coursing tends to occur at this time of the year after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops and can continue into the Spring.
It usually occurs at dawn or dusk but we have had reports at all times of the day and night.
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares.

It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs.  Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court. Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles and equipment until the court hearing.  Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831.

Warwickshire Police is part of Operation Galileo, a national approach to hare coursing with 28 police forces working together to tackle this illegal wildlife crime.

Coursers can also cause damage to crops, field boundaries such as fencing and can cause issues with livestock if they drive through or run dogs in a field that they are in.

What to look out for

You can help fight hare coursing by looking out for activity in your area.

Coursing tends to happen on large flat areas of land.

Be aware of a vehicle or number of vehicles parked in a rural area, perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path.

Usually estate cars, four wheel drives or vans and may have evidence of dogs.
Binoculars are used to spot hares or at night strong lights or beams.

Coursers will often walk along the field to frighten a hare into the open.  Hares live and breed above ground and at this time of year are extremely vulnerable as there is little or no cover for them.

The dogs used tend to be sight hounds, such as lurchers or whippet type dogs that chase by sight rather than hunt by scent.

Report it

If you see hare coursing taking place, or suspect it is happening in your area contact the Warwickshire Police straight away.  We advise that you do not approach the participants.

It may help the police if you can answer any of the questions when reporting a wildlife crime:
Are the suspect/s alone or in a group?
Are they trespassing?
Do they have equipment with them?
Do they have dogs or firearms with them?
Where are they going?
Where have they been?
What do they look like?
Have they any vehicles?
What are the number plates and vehicle models?
Can you safely get a photograph?

NEVER PUT YOUR OWN SAFETY AT RISK.

Warwickshire Police have a dedicated Rural Crime Team and Wildlife Officers who work with response and local beat officers to address wildlife crime and catch offenders in Warwickshire.

Attempted Burglary

Please be aware that between 1410hrs and 1420hrs on Wednesday 5 January 2022 two offenders entered the rear of premises at Warwick Road, Kenilworth and were witnessed attempting to steal power tools from a garden shed. The two offenders were disturbed and made off without taking anything.

This is incident 241 of 5 January 2022

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident the please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111

Diesel Theft – Kenilworth

Please be aware that approximately 160 litres (36 gallons) of diesel fuel valued at around £250 was stolen by offenders between 0130hrs and 0200hrs on Friday 31 December 2021 from a commercial (Heavy Goods Vehicle) parked at premises situated on Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth.

 

This is incident 194 of 4 January 2022

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111

Burglaries – Kenilworth


Please be aware that between Saturday 1 January 2022 and Sunday 2 January 2022 offenders have forced a side window at a property at Dencer Drive, Kenilworth. After gaining entry the offenders made an untidy search of the property and a quantity of jewellery was stolen.

 

This is incident 62 of 2 January 2022   

 

 

Please be aware that between Friday 31 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022 offenders have forced the rear window of a property in Ash Drive, Kenilworth and entered the property. A number of items have been stolen including a TV and a quantity of jewellery.

 

This is incident 98 of 3 January 2022

 

If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about either of these incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111

Kenilworth Crime Alerts Review – 2021

A review of crime alerts for 2021 by KENILWORTH WATCH shows some positive effects coming through that’s reduced burglary across Kenilworth by householders taking measures to protect their homes and property.

BURGLARY

While alerts for some 23 burglaries were published in 2021, the number of attempted burglaries nearly matched that figure at 19. We know from the details of some of the Attempted Burglary events that a mixture of monitored alarms, vigilance and quick action by householders reporting suspicious activity to the police and crucially the fitting of anti-snap locks to doors foiled and stopped criminals gaining entry to people’s homes and property.

However, the biggest area of concern is crime related to motor vehicles. 

Some 23 motor vehicles were stolen in 2021, with just under half of that number (11) stolen without keys indicating that the thefts were of the ‘Keyless Entry” type. This is a method where criminals use technology to intercept the signal from vehicle keys inside a home and use the signal to fool the vehicle into unlocking itself and enabling criminals to start up and steal the vehicle. 4 of the vehicles that were stolen were because of a “Car Key Burglary” where offenders break into the home of the vehicle owner to locate and steal the vehicle’s keys.

MOTOR VEHICLE CRIME

This means that combined some 15 (65%) of motor vehicles stolen were from or adjacent to properties. The message that Kenilworth Watch and Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team keep promoting is to take steps to deter vehicle thieves by fitting and using steering locks and in the case of keyless entry vehicles storing vehicle keys in a metal container or metal lined pouch that stops the key’s signal being intercepted.

The message that both Neighbourhood Watch and Kenilworth Safer Neighbourhood Team have promoted about the need NOT to leave any items in or on show in a parked and unattended motor vehicle are not getting through to everyone. Despite the repeated promotion of this crime prevention advice some motor vehicle owners continue to provide the critical element criminals need, opportunity.

In 2021 some 23 motor vehicles were damaged, most of them with at least one window smashed, so thieves could access the inside of the vehicle to steal items that ranged from handbags and wallets, cash to iPad’s, laptop computers and sat navigation systems. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO 

BURGLARY DETERRENT ADVICE 

There’s a range of things you can do to deter crime and thus becoming a victim of crime as a householder. Fit a monitored alarm, fit CCTV, just a CCTV doorbell is a deterrent and fit anti snap locks, which have been shown time and time again to make a significant difference in terms of stopping criminals breaking in. 

This short film demonstrates how fitting anti snap locks can provide much greater protection to homes and property.

More details about anti snap locks can be obtained from Eydens in Coventry. 

https://www.eydens.co.uk/locks-locksmith-coventry )

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT DETERRENT ADVICE

people with motor vehicles, particularly expensive and sought after models, to take practical measures to deter vehicle theft.

Two things are advised:

An effective steering lock which makes it a great deal more difficult to steal the vehicle.

A metal box/tin or metal lined pouch, also known as a Faraday Cage or pouch, protects keyless ignition keys when they are placed inside as the signal from the key cannot be intercepted by unlawful devices near the property.

These measures make a real difference as they go a long way to thwart attempts to steal keyless entry motor vehicles.

KENILWORTH WATCH STATS FOR 2021

We posted 105 notices out to all those that subscribed to our free service in 2021. If one divides those notices across the year, expressed in days, that means for 72% of the days in the year there were no crime alerts for key elements of burglary, vehicle crime or criminal damage. A spate of burglaries in June was quickly followed in days by an arrest for the offences. The more bizarre thefts this year included a Bee Hive and also a lawnmower that was in use and was stolen while the householder had gone to their green bin to empty the lawn cuttings box.

Householders that subscribe to our crime alert service increased from around 1,000 to 1,500 households this year. A large part of this increase was due to publicity via BBC Television’s Frontline Fightback programme which featured Kenilworth and how our system works and how the community of Kenilworth, Neighbourhood Watch and Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team work closely together to help one another protect themselves.