The Farmwatch scheme, together with initiatives using SelectaDNA and Datatag, have helped to deter criminals as they know these schemes increase the chances of them being caught. However, while Cumbria is one of the safest counties to live work and visit, that doesn't mean we have no crime, as some farms and businesses could testify. We all need to remain vigilant and be prepared to report suspicious activity immediately, if we are to keep crime low.
We share information via Eden Police Facebook and Twitter, we also have Country Watch Eden, Country Watch West and Country Watch South Lakes and Dales that members of the public can follow and ask to join the groups. We also have a well-supported Country Watch volunteer group who take part in Farm Watch Nights of Action. You can contact your local PCSO for more information and details.
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NFU Lock it or Lose it campaign
Please click here to view the NFU release, detailing ways in which you can make your rural property safer, and deter thieves.
Farmers and other people living in rural communities can join the Constabulary’s successful Farmwatch scheme, which is a network designed to share crime prevention advice, alert local residents to crimes in their area and appeal for information to catch criminals. Statistics have shown that members of Farmwatch who have used property marking products on valuable property and displayed signs at the entrance to their premises are less likely than non-members in the farming community to be a victim of crime.
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National Rural Crime Network
The National Rural Crime Network champions a better understanding of crime in rural areas, and new, effective ways to help to keep rural communities safer to learn more please visit: www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net
Security Advice & Tips
Farm and outbuildings
• Restrict access to your farm land & property with locked gates
• Ensure your home, farm & outbuildings are secure. Use British Standard locks & high security closed-shackle padlocks
• Consider fitting intruder alarms, CCTV & good outside security lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
• Lock windows & doors, remove keys from locks & keep out of visible reach
• Mark equipment & property with farm name & postcode, use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking
• Hide valuable items from view & secure them in locked outbuildings
• Consider joining your local Farmwatch scheme
Vehicles, trailers & quad bikes
• Secure & immobilise vehicles & equipment when not in use
• Remove keys from the ignition & keep them somewhere secure
• Don’t leave quad bikes or trailers unattended
• Consider storing vehicles & property in a secured building, if possible secured to the ground or wall, or inside a caged area
• Mark trailers & property with farm name & postcode, use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking
• Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cages made from a material resistant to attack
• Thieves may stake-out your property in advance by making up an excuse to call round. Try to take a note of their registration number, & report the incident to police
• Never advertise that you are away by leaving notes for tradesmen or delivery drivers
• Ensure you have adequate insurance cover
• Keep up to date on crime trends by joining Farmwatch
• When you are away, ask neighbours and friends to keep an eye on your property, & be prepared to do the same for them
• Take down registration numbers of suspicious vehicles & report suspicious activity to police immediately