A Tideswell PCSO has teamed up with the Police and Crime Commissioner to help raise awareness of Farm Watch and rural security amongst young farmers.
PCSO Ian Phipps from the Tideswell, Litton, Baslow and Beeley Safer Neighbourhood Team and PCC Hardyal Dhindsa visited the Buxton Young Farmers Club at the Farming Life Centre in Blackwell, Buxton.
During the talk on Tuesday, November 1, PCSO Phipps spoke to the group about Derbyshire’s Farm Watch campaign which aims to shut the gate on rural crime across the county.
People who sign up to the scheme will receive emails about crime and advice tailored to their area though Derbyshire Alert, the messaging service which has recently been adopted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
PCSO Phipps raised awareness about the importance of quad bike security following recent thefts in the area, along with advice on how to better protect Land Rovers, outbuildings and tools from being targeted by criminals. The policing team also spoke about ensuring that there is clear signage with property names and numbers at farms to aid emergency services.
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa then introduced himself to the group and raised awareness about his commitments and objectives in his new role.
PCSO Ian Phipps from the Tideswell, Litton, Baslow and Beeley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to visit the young farmers and speak to them about all of the steps that they can take to help boost security amongst the rural and farming communities.
“We covered a wide range of topics from the importance of property marketing, security lighting and CCTV, to ensuring that properties and vehicles are properly locked and secured, with the keys out of view, before leaving them unattended.
“Once again it was a great opportunity to team up with Hardyal and offer advice, all in all a great evening with the Buxton Young Farmers Club.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “It was good to see so many young people showing an interest in their communities and learning skills that will help them in life and invaluable for their future development.
“Rural crime is included in my Police and Crime Plan priorities and I am committed to ensuring partner agencies pull together to help remote communities to reduce rural, heritage and wildlife crime.”
Liz Taylor, Programme Secretary for the Buxton Young Farmers Club, added: “The Buxton Young Farmers were very grateful to receive a talk from PCSO Phipps and PCC Hardyal Dhindsa.
“The advice given to us will be put to good use in an effort to prevent future thefts of quad bikes, tools, and machinery. Following similar thefts in the area, we wanted PCSO Phipps to come and speak to us about the Farm Watch scheme. He provided some great advice and information to help us.
“It was great to meet Hardyal as well and hear about his commitments in his new role as the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner. We really appreciate them both giving up their spare time to meet us and for all of their advice.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, or send them a message online using the Contact Us section of our website: www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Posted on Tuesday 8th November 2016