Police appeal for information on criminal damage caused by Crop Circles (Aliens excepted)
Police are urging all farmers and landowners to report any crop circles that appear on their land.
They argue that the crop circles might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hardworking landowners and farmers whose crops are damaged. Creating a crop circle is criminal damage and an offence.
The damage caused means a loss in revenue to the farmer and landowner. They also have to deal with civil trespass issues on their land after a crop circle has been created when members of the public come without permission, to view the circle. It has also been known for individuals to pose as part of a charity or as the landowner at the site of crop circles and attempt to take 'donations' from people viewing the crop circle.
Wiltshire Police urge all farmers and landowners if they have has a crop circle on their land to report it to us on 101 so it can be recorded. Often immediately after a crop circle appears, individuals will arrive with a drone to photograph it. Take note of any vehicles, their registration plates, and any individuals and pass this information to the police.
Individuals using a drone in the immediate time after a crop circle, may be connected to group who have created the circle. The footage is quickly circulated on social media to generate interest and on websites that charge for advertising space.
The Police do accept that crop circle enthusiasts who use a drone to capture aerial photos as the circle becomes more widely known about may not be related to the crime. They encourage asking permission from the landowner is sought in advance of entering a stretch of land.
The Police advise any landowner or farmer who finds a crop circle in one of their fields to inform the Crop Circle Community if the owner decides to allow or not allow access to the general public, and also if they intend to cut the circle out. This should reduce unwanted visitors.
There are 3 places to do this:
Police also ask the public to help support our rural communities by reporting any suspicious vehicles, behaviour or people in crop fields to police on 101 they may be attempting to create a crop circle and committing criminal damage. If you can see a crop circle creation in progress, call police on 999.