Police launch ‘Farm Watch’ crime prevention event
PSNI in E District – which incorporates the Newry and Mourne area – are launching Farm Watch at a rural information afternoon in Mourne Country Hotel, 52 Belfast Road, Newry on Monday, 4th March at 2pm. The information event is aimed at the rural and agricultural community.
PSNI’s Farm Watch is a crime prevention initiative which provides schemes and information on protecting property in rural areas. Those attending are invited to bring their trailers along to have them uniquely marked by local Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
The marking process involves a unique ID mark consisting of a series of letters and numbers being painted on a trailer in an easily visible area using specialist paint and stencils.
The trailer owner’s details and ID mark will be recorded and held on a PSNI database which can then be checked if a trailer is seen on the road or in a location at a time that’s unusual. Information on the Rural CCTV Scheme will also be available at the event.
This scheme will allow mobile CCTV camera equipment to be installed in farms and other rural properties to deter and detect attempts to cause damage and theft. Signs will be erected at properties where the cameras are in use.
There will be a number of information stands at the centre including PSNI crime prevention, Farm Family Options, National Farmers Union, Rural Support, Tracker, South Down Family Health Initiative, Tank Commander, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Rural Council.
Professionals from all organisations will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. HSCNI will provide free health checks and light refreshements will be served.
Crime Prevention Officer, Paula Crowe said the event was an ideal opportunity for residents from rural and more isolated areas to benefit from advice on how to best protect their property and keep it secure.
“Service providers will come together under one roof and those attending will be able to browse stalls and discuss specific aspects of crime prevention. Everyone is welcome to attend and make the most of the information evening.”
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