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New technology helps Derbyshire police prevent criminal raids on peregrine falcon nests

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New technology helps Derbyshire police prevent criminal raids on peregrine falcon nests

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Derbyshire Constabulary

High-tech surveillance units are being introduced at remote locations in Derbyshire to prevent raids on peregrine falcon nests.

Police face a battle at this time of year to prevent organised crime gangs stealing eggs from the protected bird of prey’s spring nesting sites.

Now officers have teamed up with PID Systems, a division of the SmartWater Group, to install the latest intrusion detection units, which deter unauthorised access by detecting, challenging and monitoring intruders.

Derbyshire Rural crime Team says offenders will steal eggs and newly fledged chicks, ultimately causing the nests to fail.

"This is both devastating for the birds and illegal,” a spokesperson for the unit said.

"Given the location of these sites, attempts to access the nests also present a significant risk to the public yet these determined individuals continue to engage in this criminality.

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