Police go to market to help tackle rural crime

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THE police are going to market during January to help target and prevent agricultural and rural crime.

They are joining forces with the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce to speak to farmers about business and farm security.

People will be able to speak to an officer about crime prevention and find out more about local Farm and Horse Watch schemes.

It is also an opportunity for farmers to speak to representatives from Smartwater, who offer forensically coded property marking systems, and also CESAR (Construction and Equipment Security and Registration), a security marking system designed specifically for plant and farm machinery.

The events will take place during the Bakewell farmers markets at Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Agricultural Business Centre on Monday, January 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Community Safety Sergeant Jon Lloyd said: “We would encourage as many people as possible to come along and learn more about how they can protect their business and property from potential offenders.

“The aim of the event is to talk to and show farmers what they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim and what measures they can take to protect themselves and help prevent rural crime.

“People will be able to register their interest with Farm and Horse Watch and speak to officers about crime prevention. Specialist security marking products will be available to buy on the day and farmers can also find out about the financial incentives to invest in security systems offered by organisations like the NFU.”

To find out more about the events contact PC Sarah Sims or Sgt. Jon Lloyd in Community Safety at Buxton Divisional Headquarters on 101, the Derbyshire police non-emergency number.

People should also call the same number to report or share concerns about crime or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

By Ellie Hunter