Wildlife and Rural Crime

Humberside Police are committed to the policing of Rural and Wildlife Crime.

What is rural crime? Within Humberside Police we have defined it as: "Any crime and anti-social behaviour that takes place in a rural location".

Our four Force priorities for rural crime are: Burglary, Criminal Damage, Theft of and from machinery or equipment and Poaching / Hare Coursing


We have trained 60 Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) who, along with their normal duties, volunteer to investigate and provide advice in relation to wildlife offences.

WCOs are specially trained in investigating crimes against wildlife. They will either assist other police officers or take the lead role in the investigation of the more intricate cases, and can also provide advice to colleagues & members of the public.

WCOs are able to provide support and advice in relation to Wildlife & Rural Crime, and have a personal interest in this type of work.

Humberside Police is fast becoming one of the lead forces in the area of wildlife crime within the UK. Investing in staff in this complex area of policing is one of the main ways forward to protect our rural communities and wildlife. Having 60 staff trained, who are prepared to go that extra mile to protect our valuable wildlife for future generations, is a strong sign of our continued commitment to our rural communities.

Current Rural Crime Issues - Crime Prevention Advice - 2021

Tractor GPS and Navigation Equipment Thefts -  MARK IT, REMOVE IT, LOCK IT

We are aware of a number of reported thefts of GPS tractor receivers and screens across the county. These units are essential piece of equipment for the farming community and as such would like to offer some simple crime prevention advice to offer the best measures to protect your GPS and Navigation Equipment, and to help combat rural crime.

Watch our GPS crime prevention video here:



Tractor GPS Screens

  • Remove screens when not in use – ensure they are left in a safe and secure location.
  • Mark screens using Forensic Marking and use the provided stickers to advertise forensic marking is in use
  • Record serial numbers

Tractor GPS Receivers

  • If not in use, disconnect, remove and secure in a safe location
  • Remove from roof if not in use and tractor is being used on road – this will prevent advertising the fact you have a receiver
  • Ensure the software is up to date, and marked with security warning stickers
  • Fit locking cradle on roof is there is a necessity to leave outside overnight
  • Consider securing the tractor in a locked alarmed shed
  • Record serial numbers

Please also consider CCTV, Intruder Alarms, security lighting and boundary security (entrance gates/fencing) around your property to provide formal surveillance and target harden the most vulnerable areas.

Remember if you witness any suspicious activity involving persons or vehicles please report to police immediately on 999 or 101 for non-emergency incidents.

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Rural Crime - report suspicious activityOctober 2021 - Theft of livestock and machinery - As we continue to tackle rural crime in the Humberside Police area we are offering some crime prevention advice to farmers and rural communities to help deter and prevent the theft of livestock and machinery. Find our more: Theft of livestock and machinery


BBC Countryfile's Tom Herd on board with Jenna Jones and Rich FusseyJuly 2021 - Rural Crime in the Spotlight - BBC Countryfile filmed on the East Coast - covering our Operation Seabird activity. Rural Crime in the Spotlight




Operation Seabird ready for the day of actionJune 2021 - Operation Seabird - Day of action - Friday 4 June 2021 saw an Operation Seabird Day of Action.  A day to raise awareness about the importance of our coastline and reduce water-borne disturbance to the sensitive wildlife and to prevent harm to our precious coastal wildlife. Read more here: Operation Seabird 2021

Stolen dogs reunited with ownersMay 2021 - Three Spaniels stolen from a farm are reunited with their owner - following a national appeal all three dogs are now safely back with their owner at home in the East Riding. Dogs reunited with owners



rural crime vehicle in sun setMarch 2021 - Fears Over Dog Thefts - We understand that nationally there are increased reports of dogs being taken but we are thankfully not seeing a rise in our area.  The number of dog thefts reported to us in our area remains low. read more: Fears over dog thefts


Rural Task ForceFebruary 2021 - Rural Task Force based at Driffield Police Station to targeting those who chose to commit crime within our rural communities.  Read more: Rural Task Force


Humberside Police would like to ask residents, whether from the farming community or not, to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious by calling the non-emergency number 101.  If someone sees a crime in progress always call 999.​



Read our new Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide here: