Police and fire service team up to encourage farmers to protect their property

Posted on 14th May 2014

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Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Anthony Wordsworth, PCSO Hayley Grundy and Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer

Safer Neighbourhood officers teamed up with the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to encourage residents in the rural communities to protect their properties from crime and the risk of fire.

PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team was joined by Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer from the Fire and Rescue service on Wednesday, May 7 for a targeted Farm Watch initiative.

Farm Watch is a free service which is led by police and partners including Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the NFU.

The pioneering project allows messages to be spread quickly around crime prevention advice, witness appeals and information to anyone signed up to it.

Officers headed out to visit farms in the rural villages of Youlgrave, Monyash and Middleton to advise residents about the steps that they can take to further protect their property from being targeted by criminals and to minimise the risk of fire breaking out.

The joint partnership initiative saw the officers engaging with residents about the importance of working smoke alarms, having an escape plan in place and also adopting strong home security measures.

PCSO Hayley Grundy from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity for us to work alongside our Fire and Rescue colleagues to promote the message of farm safety and security.

“We were able to visit residents in the rural communities to offer farm safety and crime prevention advice. This includes ensuring that their land can be easily identified by responding emergency services crews and that all outbuildings are properly secure with heavy duty locks.”

Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer said: “Working closely with the police on this rural safety initiative has provided Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service a great opportunity to engage with some of our isolated rural communities and enabled us to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home, as well as being able to deliver fire safety advice and information”

Crime should not be reported via Farm Watch but instead by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information about the scheme or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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