Trailer marking event set for South Armagh

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Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Police in South Armagh are inviting trailer owners from the local area to a trailer marking event at Crossmaglen Mart on Saturday, 11th October.

Constable McGarrity, South Armagh Neighbourhood Team, with a trailer that has been marked and registered on the PSNI database

As part of their strategy to tackle rural crime, South Armagh Neighbourhood Policing Team will attend Crossmaglen Mart between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, 11th October. Those attending are invited to bring along their trailers which will be marked by the Neighbourhood Team so that they are more identifiable and easily recognised. 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. Trailer marking is just one strand of the PSNI’s Farmwatch initiative which has been developed to help farmer’s protect and secure their property and homes. The aim of Farm Watch is to promote the importance of being vigilant and the need for improved communication- both in rural and farming communities and between rural communities and the PSNI. Constable McGarity, South Armagh Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “Tackling rural crime is a priority for us and we want to take every possible opportunity to meet with members of the rural and agricultural crime and find more ways to support them and provide them with information about steps they can take to protect their property and livestock. “Farmwatch allows us to share information with the right people at the right time and events like this give us the opportunity to meet the local community and gain a better understanding of local concerns and issues. “Farmwatch can only be of benefit to all residents in rural and agricultural areas and I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining the scheme or having their trailers marked to come along to Crossmaglen Mart on 11 October. He added, “By working together we can ensure a stronger approach to tackling crime and addressing local concerns.”

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