Farm 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 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
Latest Farm Watch NewsAtom Feed
- Police are advising members of Farm Watch to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious vehicles seen on farmland in the Ashbourne area.
- Police are advising people to keep their quad bikes and equipment secure, following an increase in theft and attempt theft of quad bikes in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales area.
- Officers are urging owners to keep their dogs on a lead whilst walking near private land following complaints of sheep worrying from local farmers.
- Police are urging members of Farm Watch to be extra vigilant after a number of sheep were stolen from farm land in the Bakewell area.
- Police are appealing for witnesses after an Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from a property off Old Derby Road, Ashbourne.