Police encourage local farmers to get involved in Farmwatch initiative

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Police in South Armagh are working with the rural and agricultural community to reduce crime and the fear of crime in more isolated areas. PSNI’s Farmwatch is a crime prevention initiative which provides schemes and information on protecting property in rural areas. Members of the rural and agricultural community can register to join the scheme and will receive ongoing information about crime and crime prevention measures. Those on the scheme receive signage to erect on their property and are encouraged to report suspicious activity in their area. This information is then shared amongst all participants of Farmwatch in the area. Another strand of Farmwatch is the trailer marking scheme. Trailer marking 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 are 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. Constable O’Hara, South Armagh NPT explained, “South Armagh incorporates a large rural community and we are keen to do what we can to build relationships and reduce the fear of crime in these areas. “Farmwatch is a really useful scheme which allows us to share information with the right people at the right time. Trailer marking also provides us with the opportunity to meet residents on their own property and gain a better understanding of local concerns and issues. He added, “I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining the scheme or having their trailers marked to contact us in South Armagh Neighbourhood Team on 0845 600 8000. By working together we can ensure a stronger approach to tackling crime and addressing local concerns.”
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