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Farm Watch

Farm WatchFarm Watch is Derbyshire Constabulary’s dedicated alert service aimed at shutting the gate on rural crime across our county.

The free scheme sends an email message about criminal activity and advice, tailored to their area, to anyone signed up to it.

By signing up in a few quick and easy steps, farmers and people living in rural areas can tap into information directly from police that is aimed at helping protect you and your property from criminals.

For example, if a suspicious vehicle is spotted near a farm and reported on 101, a message can be sent out to all farms in that area, urging them to be vigilant and check their property is safe.

This page will also be updated with any recent appeals, crime prevention advice and more, so make sure you head back here regularly so you can stay up-to-date.

Further benefits of Farm Watch include:

• Practical crime prevention advice to farmers and landowners to help ensure their property and goods are as secure as possible

• A property marking scheme to make it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen goods

• Warning signs for your gates and property so criminals will know your property is protected

Superintendent Graham McLaughlin, from Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “Farmers and remote properties are often targeted by criminals but we can help to put a stop to that by getting early warning messages and advice out to people in an instant.

“It’s also a fantastic way for Farm Watch members to talk directly to us, to give us updates on problems in their area and to help us shape how we tackle rural crime.

“Together with the community, who are the eyes and ears out in the countryside, we will be able to shut the gate on rural crime and ensure that the risk of becoming a victim is cut with it.”

Farm-Watch-TractorFarm Watch is being run by organisations including the police, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council and the NFU.

A tractor (pictured right), liveried up in police colours, will be used at agricultural events throughout the summer to encourage people to sign up to the free service.

The tractor has been loaned to the Farm Watch scheme free of charge by New Holland and the Hallmark dealership.

Andrew Critchlow, Derbyshire’s NFU advisor, said: “Theft from farms is not only very disruptive to the business but is also expensive indirectly as there is no such thing as a free lunch - all insurance claims ultimately lead to higher premiums which ends up costing every farmer.

“Derbyshire NFU supports Farm Watch as simple crime prevention measures can deter many crimes, and the email, text and voice message network will help in solving the crimes that do occur.”

To sign up to the free service, which is powered by the Constabulary’s Derbyshire Alert system, head to www.derbyshirealert.co.uk

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Officers heading out on to the Hope Valley roads to combat rural crime

Officers heading out on to the Hope Valley roads to combat rural crime
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Officers heading out on to the Hope Valley roads to combat rural crime
Date:
19/03/2015

Bakewell set to host Farm Watch event in a bid to cut rural crime

Bakewell set to host Farm Watch event in a bid to cut rural crime
Description
Police in Bakewell will be teaming up to host a local event in a bid to boost security and tackle crime in rural areas.
Date:
23/02/2015

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

Police and partners team up to protect the rural communities from crime
Description
Officers headed out on the road to encourage farmers to further protect themselves from crime during a recent Farm Watch event.
Date:
17/06/2014

Hope Valley owners urged to keep dogs under control following complaints of sheep worrying

Hope Valley owners urged to keep dogs under control following complaints of sheep worrying
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Officers from the Hope Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging owners to keep their dogs on leads when walking near private land following complaints of sheep worrying.
Date:
07/04/2014

Farm Watch event heads out on the road to cut crime in rural communities

Farm Watch event heads out on the road to cut crime in rural communities
Description
Officers headed out on the beat to offer security products and advice to farmers in a bid to protect rural communities from crime.
Date:
18/03/2014
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