FARM & RURAL WATCH
Farm and Rural Watch is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch movement aimed specifically at the farming and rural communities. At the moment in Northamptonshire, Farm Watch is not covered under NHW insurance or use of the NHW logo but its objectives still mirror those of Neighbourhood Watch, which are to:
• Cut crime, and the opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour
• Reassure local residents, and reduce the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
• Reduce the incidence of domestic fires and environmental damage to residential property
• Encourage neighbourliness and community cohesion
• Improve the quality of life for local residents and tenants
Farmers and other people living in rural communities can join the Police’s successful Community Connect scheme, which is a network designed to alert local residents to crimes in their area, and to appeal for information to catch criminals.
To register, log on to http://www.northants.police.uk/ ,click on Community Connect and sign up. The process will allow you to select the type of messages you want to receive eg Farm & Rural Watch and possibly Horse Watch as well.
As a farmer, your property is spread over many acres in the form of stock and equipment, much of which is portable and so is easy to steal.
The ease of access to most farms makes total security impossible - but there’s a lot that you can do to reduce the risks.
Community Connect members are asked to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. People who live in the farming community have a very specialised knowledge which the police may find it hard to achieve. So please share your knowledge with your farming neighbours and with the police
Log on to http://www.northants.police.uk/ click on to Crime Prevention and then select Rural Crime.