Clear message is displayed to would-be thieves

New Farmwatch signs are sending a clear message to would-be thieves in Northumberland.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 13:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 13:44 pm
Hans Porksen, Northumberland NFU county Chairman; Sam Davies, Northumberland & North Durham county advisor; Chris Pearce, risk management services, NFU Mutual; Jayne Watson, group Secretary, Morpeth NFU Mutual; and Inspector Kevin Oates.

Police, the NFU and insurers NFU Mutual have joined forces to help highlight the strength of Farmwatch across rural parts of the county.

Together they have produced 300 new Farmwatch signs for mounting to gates, fences and farm buildings and so send a clear message to would-be thieves.

The collaboration is the result of a closer working relationship between police and the farming community.

Hundreds of farmers are already signed up to receive regular updates and information about criminal activity in the area. A rural crime forum has also been established bringing farmers and police officers together every three months to discuss issues and share information.

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Neighbourhood Inspector, Kevin Oates, said: “The new and updated signs are perfect for spreading the message about Farmwatch and the work we are doing in our rural communities to keep them safe.

“Farmwatch is a really useful tool in the fight against rural crime. It allows us to be in constant contact with our most rural communities.

“I’d urge anyone who lives in rural Northumberland to sign up and play their part. We need as many of our rural residents signed up as possible as they are our eyes and ears.”

NFU Northumberland adviser Samantha Davies added: “Rural crime is a significant national issue and the NFU has been focused for several years on building better links with police forces. This latest collaboration shows what can be achieved by working together.

“Good signage is crucial to the success of Farmwatch as a visible reminder to would-be thieves that their activities will not go unnoticed. These signs are not cheap, but by pooling our resources we are now able to provide them free of charge to Farmwatch members.”

Farmwatch members wanting a sign should contact the local policing team or NFU local group secretary.