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Police warn farmers on rural crime

February 15, 2013, 2:47 pm

Essex Police have been spreading the message to farmers to be alert to the risks of rural crime as thieves look to target valuable agricultural machinery.

Crime Prevention, Wildlife Crime and Essex Watch Liaison officers all attended the Doe Show, at Utling, near Hatfield Peverel, to speak to farmers and people living in rural areas about the latest crime issues.

Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Stephen Armson-Smith, said: “We manned our Crime Prevention stand over the three days of the event and it was immensely successful. One of the issues we wanted to tell farmers about is reducing the risk of the theft of agricultural vehicles.

“We attended the event by the kind invitation of Ernest Doe and it was very well attended, attracting not just local visitors but also people from neighbouring counties and beyond.”

Among the advice that officers were giving was to become involved in local Farmwatch groups – which allow a two-way flow of information between the police and farming communities.

Mr Armson-Smith added: “We also advised farmers to have a look at their property, farm and house, and think about how they might break in or steal from it. Usually then you can identify a number of your own vulnerabilities.

“For instance farm vehicles and property can be made less attractive to the thief by a number of measures including good warning signage, keeping property secure and considering security measures such as a recognised vehicle identification system, or attaching a tracker system which can follow your vehicles movements. We also advised people to use good locks, chains and fixings that have Sold Secure or Secured by Design accreditation.

“It is about making your property as unattractive as possible to thieves by increasing the time, effort and risks involved for them in trying to steal it.”

Anyone who would like to find out more about Farmwatch, or any other Watch group, should contact their local Essex Watch Liaison Officer or for crime prevention advice or a review of their security, they can contact their local Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor by calling Essex Police on 101.

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