Graham Donaldson of West Mercia Police said the twine was used as a marker by rural gangs that the location was seen as a ‘soft touch’.
A rural crime officer has issued a warning over baler twine being tied to farmers’ gates as a sign they could be an easy target for thieves.
Graham Donaldson of West Mercia Police said he was keen to get the message out following a surge in reports of such activity to a number of police forces over the last few weeks.
He said the twine was being used as a marker by rural gangs that the location was seen as a ‘soft touch’.
Mr Donaldson said: “It is likely that the offenders are taking the twine from local fields, rather than taking it with them.
“I am keen to obtain information from farmers when and if this behaviour comes to their attention. Should you see any of these markers, please remove it and report the matter to your local police.”
Farmers are urged to contact the police via 101, or if during an emergency, to use 999.