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Request to secure property to prevent unauthorised encampments

Alert message sent 12/12/2018 15:10:00

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Hello all,
 
Prevent an unauthorised encampment in Bracknell and Wokingham.

Bracknell and Wokingham Police  would like to ask the rural community to take the time to look over all entrances and exits from you land and make sure it is secure in order to prevent unauthorised encampments.

 
 
Prevention advice
Remember to consider planning regulations and environmental issues before implementing measures and to ensure that measure affects only your land and not that of neighbours or the highway. You should seek advice on these aspects.
 
Review your vulnerability
 
Look at the perimeter of your land and with a critical eye consider how you would go about getting onto it with a vehicle and trailer. Don't forget trespassers have been known in the past to remove ineffective barriers and to bridge gaps!
 
Mounding
 
Mounds are formed using rubble or hard-core as a base finished with topsoil then planted or grassed. These can add to your landscaping and do not need to be ugly. Strategically placed they can prevent access to the perimeter, infill gaps between trees and other obstacles and can border gating which protects but preserves your authorised access.
 
Ditching
 
This method can be combined with mounding with the spoil being used for the mounds. Remember to consider drainage implications. Bear in mind also that ditches can and have been bridged, they can however be effective in filling gaps in your perimeter.
 
Obstacles
 
There are a wide variety of obstacles that can be used; they can be effective in plugging gaps in an otherwise secure perimeter where authorised access is not required. They should be of such a nature that they cannot be readily moved even with towing equipment. These can be a cheap option utilising such things as concrete filled tyre stacks however these can be unsightly, large tree trunks or boulders can be more sympathetic. You should make sure that what you choose does not detrimentally affect the visual amenity of the area otherwise you could end up being required to remove or alter them.
 
Fencing
 
There are many fencing options on the market to choose from. Steel palisade fencing is among the most effective but costs may well be a factor. Wooden fencing is more pleasing to the eye but it can be more vulnerable to damage. The spacing of posts should take into account the width of the vehicles that may attempt access.
 
Gating
 
You can protect your own authorised access points with strong robust gates, preferably metal. Remember to use toughened steel padlocks and 'boxing in' the padlock housing helps to prevent them being forced using angle grinders etc. Remember also to ensure that the gate cannot simply be lifted off at the hinge end!
 
Height Barriers
 
These are usually combined with gates and can be fixed or swing and padlocked to facilitate authorised access. Again toughened steel padlocks boxed in are advisable for a swinging barrier. The height should be configured so as to deter the average caravan trailer.
 
 
 
Rhys Crowley
 
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Rhys Crowley (Police, Designated Investigator, Loddon Valley)

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