There has been a spate of farm thefts locally, including a tractor with a tracker. Due to the tracking equipment the vehicle was seen by the farmer to be at a notorious encampment in Kent. The farmer with backup, waited outside the large gated compound before driving in behind a local vehicle and managed to retrieve his tractor. The police when informed declined to visit the site.
His neighbour had Satnav’s stolen off his tractors but when the police visited the farm, it is reported they suggested the theft was the farmer’s fault for not having enough security and not marking items and attaching trackers, thus making it easier for them to trace.
The farmer pointed out there was little point asking the police to follow stolen property as he was aware that only recently, when given the location of his neighbour’s tractor, the police refused to visit the compound due to its notoriety.
Why on earth should farms have to be turned into Fort Knox? It is increasingly evident that such thefts are expected and taken for granted, a crazy situation. As farm equipment becomes more expensive, and insurance is escalating because the countryside has become a criminal’s paradise - the Wild West - an easy target for criminals to exploit, despite all our efforts to keep machinery and livestock safe.
If the police were given more powers to arrest suspects, deport or lock them up with immediate effect, and not go through the painful and often pointless process of going through the courts, against expensive lawyers paid for by the taxpayer, battling red tape and unhelpful bureaucracy, these events would stop up overnight.
It has come to a point where it seems the law is on the side of the criminals, weirdos and troublemakers. The average innocent hard-working citizen, the police and key workers are today regarded as being in the wrong, receiving little support. It is little wonder people commit offences and migrants flock to our shores as they get treated better than decent law abiding people, some of whom are vulnerable and do need support.
The British are being criticised for being slow to take up the offer to replace oil and gas boilers with heat pumps. Apparently German, America, Sweden, Norway and Finland are way ahead of us. Perhaps it is because we know they are installing old and inefficient technology. The wise British are waiting for the cheaper, more efficient heat pumps with zero running costs which will use CO2 or helium as the working medium. Watch this space.