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Farm Watch

Rural crimes can be reduced by the use of Watch schemes.

By using your knowledge and awareness of what is happening on and around your land, you can help to reduce crime and deter criminals.

Aims of the Farm Watch Scheme

  • To reduce local opportunities for rural crime.
  • To reinforce the community spirit so that everyone can contribute towards the protection of their property by mutual co-operation and communication.
  • To introduce early warning systems in farming and countryside areas.
  • To improve the intelligence flow between the agricultural communities and the police.

How the aims are achieved

  • Text, email and landline voicemail alerts for members of the community.
  • Intelligence gathered by police on all farm-related crimes and suspicious incidents.
  • Visits from local PCSOs.
  • Crime Reduction Officers can offer advice on securing property and, under certain circumstances, will visit farms to conduct a crime prevention survey.

Benefits of the Scheme

  • A reduction in crime and the fear of crime impacting on the community.
  • Suspicious people and vehicles can quickly be reported to the police and other members of the countryside communities.
  • Information and advice can be quickly and efficiently circulated between the police and the community.
  • A crime vigilant community in partnership with the police will create a safer environment.

Join the Farm Watch Scheme

To join the Farm Watch Scheme or to find out more information, email ruralandwildlifeunit@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

Suspicious activity should be monitored and recorded discreetly and reported to us quickly and accurately.

Get to know our Rural Affairs Unit

Our Rural Affairs Unit work with rural communities to help reduce crime. Find out more about our Rural Affairs Unit.

Immediate danger

Where a serious crime is in progress, do not attempt to confront the suspect by yourself. Call 999 immediately and wait for the police to attend.

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