DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating reports of the theft of eight galvanised steel gates from farms in the Newport and Cardigan area this week.
The gates are on average 12ft in length and likely would have been been taken away using a van or lorry.
A police spokesperson said: “There are additional challenges in rural communities compared to our other areas. The loss of equipment, metal and livestock may not be noticed immediately, and its detection can often be difficult and it has an impact on people’s livelihoods.
“Police will do everything we can to help, and one of the most vital things the farming community can do is to help us build up a picture of who is behaving suspiciously around farms.
“Many agricultural thefts are planned in advance, criminals may check out a property in a bid to assess security and property and it is this that you can help us with. It is also important to record any identifying features and serial numbers of items of value and keep them as secure as possible.
“Residents in rural areas also have a vital role to play by acting as eyes and ears for their farming and wider community. They should be vigilant and take index numbers of any suspicious vehicles. Hopefully by working together in this way we can prevent these rural crimes from happening.”
Farmers may also wish to think about setting up a Farmwatch scheme. For advice and guidance on how to go about it call 101.
Scrap metal dealers or anyone offered these gates to buy are urged to decline the offer and contact police immediately.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact police with any information on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.