A 62-year-old farmer’s wife has set up a website to help reunite owners with their stolen goods.
Angela Jefferson, of Hall End Farm in Ledbury, Herefordshire, teamed up with local web designer Carol Smith to launch itsbeennicked.co.uk – a searchable database of stolen goods.
The purpose of the site is twofold: Within minutes of discovering a crime, users can report the theft to the police and upload details to the site. Anyone who comes across goods that they think might be suspicious can also log on to check if they are listed as stolen.
Angela was prompted to set up the site after her 500-acre mixed farm was targeted by thieves dozens of times over a 10-year period. The value of the thefts has run into tens of thousands of pounds and losses include a Mini Cooper, two quad bikes, a Land Rover Discovery, chicken feeders, garden furniture, horse trailer and a saddle and bridle.
“Farmers have had whole herds of sheep disappear – it’s frightening,” says Angela, who urges everyone in the countryside to spread the word about the site.
“The website is all about helping people to help themselves. The more publicity we get, the more people we can get using the site and the more goods we can help recover.”
The website organises listings into categories like Farm Machinery, Equipment, Tools, Vehicles, Livestock and Pets and Rare Breeds. Log onto www.itsbeennicked.co.uk to find out more.