Crime Prevention event a success

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

DUP Councillor and Armagh Policing Community Safety Partnership member Gareth Wilson has hailed as a success a rural crime prevention event at Markethill Livestock Mart.

Armagh DUP Councillors Lavelle McIlwrath and Gareth Wilson, candidate Tim McClelland are pictured with local PSNI officers at Markethill Livestock Mart

The event took place on 18th March and many farmers availed of the opportunity to have trailers marked and received information on the installation of a tracker devices.

The event was organised in partnership with the PSNI, the PSCSP, Burke’s of Cornascriebe and Markethill Livestock Mart.

Commenting after the event Cllr. Wilson stated, “This was a great event and given the location and with the large number of farmers present on the Mart day, it meant there was a very steady flow of interest from the farming community for the trailer marking scheme and there was plenty of helpful advice on protecting property and machindery.”

Also attending was fellow DUP Councillor and PCSP member Cllr. Lavelle McIlwrath who stated, “This was a great event given the fact that the greater Armagh district has suffered over recent months with a spate of rural crime, this event showed that the farming community are keen to do what they can to thwart the criminals.”

On the day Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams offered advice on how to protect against machinery and livestock theft including information on Farm Watch, Text Alert Scheme, Security Devices endorsed by NFU Mutual, Tracker, Cesar and also importantly, the local Policing team will be continuing the roll out of their trailer marking scheme in the future.

Local arable farmer and Cusher DUP Council Candidate Tim McClelland said, “As a farmer I know the pressures the industry is under and when an act of crime occurs on a farm and valuable machinery is stolen, it causes a great deal of stress and inconvenience that is why these events are vital and the uptake by local farmers was very encouraging.”

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