Campaign launched to help tackle agricultural and rural crime

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Monday, April 24th, 2017
rural1As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling rural and agricultural crime, the Rural Crime Partnership (RCP) is spearheading a campaign aimed at reducing crime in rural communities. The Rural Crime Partnership which includes representatives from the Department of Justice (DoJ), Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), NFU Mutual (NFU) and Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC), is working with Crimestoppers to encourage reporting and ask the public to give information anonymously about rural crime across Northern Ireland.
    The campaign will feature outdoor advertising and a social media campaign,
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25th March 2017 Crime affecting rural communities can have a knock-on effect on all of us. Criminals can target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings.
  By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, raising awareness of the signs of rural crime and urging the public to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, we can tackle those who seek to target the rural community in this way. The Rural Crime Partnership brings together representatives from key organisations with a vested interest in tackling crime against our rural communities. The Partnership works together, to take forward recommendations and initiatives around preventing and combatting rural criminality.
  Susan Brew, campaign manager for Crimestoppers in Northern Ireland said, “Crimestoppers is an independent charity and I would like to ask anyone with information about rural crime to ring 0800 555111 and be assured that they will remain completely anonymous – no-one will ever know you made the call.” Speaking on behalf of the RCP, PSNI Superintendent Brian Kee, service lead for rural and wildlife crime said, “As part of our continuing work, the Rural Crime Partnership have been working very closely with Crimestoppers and very much welcomes the launch of this campaign which raises awareness of rural crime issues and encourages people to provide information anonymously. I would encourage people to come forward with information.”
  As to practical advice, the UFU says there are simple and immediate steps farmers can take. “Don’t wait for crime to happen. Have a look around your premises, and try to do so with a thief’s eye, looking for vulnerable spots and areas in permanent darkness.
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25th March 2017 Box Advert “This could help make your property less appealing to a thief,” says the UFU President adding that it was vital farmers report anyone acting suspiciously or any suspicious vehicles, to the PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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