Why is there a need for a Farm Watch Scheme?
In the past the rural community suffered very little crime, but now the criminal has access to all kinds of vehicles and is looking for softer targets which mean that the country areas are being visited by more criminal elements looking for the opportunity to commit crime. By co-operating with each other we can help to prevent many crimes from happening in the first place, thus making your community a safer and more crime free area in which to live and work.
What are the main aims of the Farm Watch Scheme?
1) To reduce local opportunities for theft of livestock and deadstock.
2) To reinforce the community spirit so that everyone can contribute towards the protection of their
property by mutual co-operation and communication.
3) To introduce early warning systems in farming and countryside areas.
4) To improve the intelligence flow between the countryside communities and the police.
What are the advantages of a Farm Watch?
1) A reduction in crime and the fear of crime impacting on the community.
2) Suspicious people and vehicles can quickly be reported to the police and other members of the
3) Information and advice can be quickly and efficiently circulated between the police and the
4) A crime vigilant community in partnership with the police will create a safer environment.
How to Watch
Farmers are at the greatest risk from crimes such as theft and vandalism. These happen at all levels of our society, but can be really reduced by an effective watch scheme. The first role is to observe any suspicious activity calmly and discreetly. The very existence of a Farm Watch scheme in your area will act as a deterrent to many criminal types. But where someone is determined to take a risk it is not the intention that members deliberately attempt themselves to scare off the suspect in order to prevent crime. Remaining calm and discreet gives you the best possible chance of gathering the information and reporting what you see quickly and accurately. There are of course some situations, which are more urgent than others, where a 999 emergency call is essential.
Who to contact
Anne Porter, PCSO Support, Wincanton Police Station, Churchfields, Wincanton Somerset BA9 9AG or on 07825756291, or via email at Anne.Porter@avonandsomerset.police.uk alternatively pass it to your local Police Community Support Officer.
What to do in the meantime
1) Ensure all your property is security marked
2) Note down all serial numbers
3) Take photographs of all high value equipment
4) Register your property for free and improve your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen,
and to help reduce property crime by accessing the immobilise site on www.immoblise.com.