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Police and partners team up to protect the rural communities from crime

Posted on 17th June 2014


Photographed from L-R: Karen Cooper from the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, SmartWater consultant Julie Smith, Community Safety Sergeant Steve England, Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service, PCSO Hayley Grundy and PCSO Sue Lester.

Officers headed out on the road to encourage farmers to further protect themselves from crime during a recent Farm Watch event.

Police visited the Agricultural Centre in Bakewell to raise awareness of the Farm Watch scheme and to offer advice to protect the rural communities from crime.

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

Sergeants and Safer Neighbourhood officers worked alongside Community Safety Officer, Jag Hayer from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service and SmartWater consultant, Julie Smith to help sign people up to the dedicated Farm Watch scheme.   

All farmers who signed up to the scheme received a free pack including a Farm Watch sign for their property, crime prevention advice leaflets and also a SmartWater kit to mark up their valuables and deter criminals.

The team set up shop on Monday, June 9 to give visitors the opportunity to purchase cut-price security products including heavy duty chains, alarms and shed security signage to keep their farm equipment and vehicles secure.  

Throughout the day of action, Sergeant Steve England and PCSO’s Sue Lester and Hayley Grundy spoke to farmers about the steps that they can take to protect themselves and their property from criminals.

Community Safety Sergeant, Steve England said: “Events like this are a fantastic way for us to work alongside our partners to offer crime prevention and fire safety advice to Derbyshire farmers and the people living in the rural communities.

“During the day we signed up new farms to the Farm Watch and Derbyshire Alert messaging service, sold crime prevention products including shed and padlock alarms and also ‘Keep your dogs on lead’ signs in response to sheep worrying incidents.

“Crime prevention advice was handed out to visitors regarding farm outbuilding security, such as ensuring that they are left properly secures, and securing quad bikes with sturdy ground anchors.”

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.