With summer well and truly under way we have seen an increase of crop circles appearing across the county. They might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hard working 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.
Although we do accept that crop circle enthusiasts will use a drone to capture aerial photos as the circle becomes more widely known about who are not related to the crime. Prior to visiting though please check that permission has been given by the landowner to enter their land.
If a circle is created on your land make sure you tell the Crop Circle Community if you decide to allow/not allow access to the general public, and if you intend to cut the circle out. This should reduce unwanted visitors.
There are 3 places to do this:
We 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.