We support this scheme informally and help police where we can, by being vigilant when we are out and about on our nightly rounds and using our own local sources to gather useful ‘intelligence’.
There is a Farm Watch scheme in South Somerset. Much like Neighbourhood Watch schemes this is based on reducing opportunities for theft and creating communities who work together to protect their farms from thieves.
The main advantages of this scheme is a reduction in crime and the fear of crime, quick reporting of suspicious activity to the police and the countryside community, and a crime-vigilant community which, in partnership with the police, will create a safer environment.
The aims of the scheme is to:
- Reduce local opportunities for livestock and deadstock theft
- Reinforce the community spirit so that everyone can contribute towards the protection of their property by mutual co-operation and communication
- Introduce early warning systems in farming and countryside areas
- Improve the intelligence flow between the countryside communities and the police
Members of this FREE scheme receive signs to show they are part of Farm Watch and text message alerts about farm-related crime and suspicious activity.
The scheme also includes FREE property marking by police officers and the opportunity to register 5 high-value items on the National Plant & Equipment Register. This is a register of equipment that police forces check if they suspect a piece of agricultural equipment is stolen.
To find out more about Farm Watch in South Somerset or sign-up to the scheme, please contact Wincanton Police Station on 101.
Some other useful links:
UK National Property Register | immobilise.com
National Plant & Equipment Register | ter-europe.org
National Farmers Union | nfuonline.com
Soldsecure security products | soldsecure.com
Thatcham vehicle and trailer security products | thatcham.com