As the crops in the fields have been harvested, Lincolnshire Police start to receive an increased number of reports of illegal hare coursing in the county.
Officers will be gearing up with their annual Operation Galileo - a tried and tested approach which aims to tackle incidents of hare coursing and puts out a warning to illegal harecoursers to keep out of Lincolnshire.
Police evidence shows hare coursers bring other forms of criminal activity and usually come from outside the county, causing damage to the land and alarm to local communities.
The annual police operation was launched on Friday by Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies who said: “Last year we saw fewer incidents of hare coursing and we want to reduce that figure further. Operation Galileo is about letting criminals know we are out there and letting our communities know that we will protect them.”
Last year there were 163 prosecutions - all bar one of those prosecuted had previous convictions.
Officers would be using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system to track suspects as they come into the county. Contact the police on 101 to report suspicious activity straight away – ideally, take note of vehicle registrations, times and locations.
Even information such as the make, colour and direction of travel of vehicles can be extremely valuable, say police..