Posted on 13th April 2015
Residents across the Hope Valley have signed up to become new members of the pioneering Farm Watch scheme, in a bid to cut crime in rural areas.
Officers from the Bakewell and Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood took to the road last week to encourage local people to boost security as part of a Farm Watch Roadshow.
The four-day event, from Tuesday, April 7 to Friday, April 10, saw the team visit Hathersage, Grindleford, Bradwell, Rowsley, Hartington, Monyash, Tideswell, Litton, Baslow, Eyam, Great Longstone and Bakewell.
PCSO Hayley Grundy and PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Bakewell and Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team spoke to residents in the area to encourage them to sign up to Farm Watch.
The free service is led by police and partners to allow messages to be spread quickly across the farming community. This includes Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the National Farmers Union.
During the roadshow, the team security marked several Land Rovers with Smart Water to help boost security and deter opportunists. Advice leaflets were also placed on a number of vehicles to encourage the owners to take extra measures to protect their property from thieves.
PCSO Boswell from the local policing team said: “It’s great to get out into local communities and speak to residents and farmers about rural issues.
“The Farm Watch project is hugely successful and allows messages about crime, suspicious activity and appeals to be spread quickly to residents who want to stay in the loop about local policing in their area. It allows us to work together with rural communities to tackle crime and bring those responsible to justice.
“We had great success throughout the roadshow, handing out Farm Watch packs to local residents and offering simple crime prevention advice to help deter them from becoming a victim of crime.”
For more information about the event, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, and follow the teams on Twitter: @BakewellSNT and @HathersageSNT.