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Farm and agriculture crime prevention

Every year rural crime costs millions of pounds and causes untold anxiety across the farming communities in the UK. We recognise that modern farming is often a lonely life and rural crime is adding to the pressures which are resulting in growing feelings of isolation and depression.

In 2020 rural crime cost the UK an estimated £43.3m. (Source NFU Mutual rural crime report 2021)

Farms and outbuildings contain large amounts of valuable equipment which thieves often target – machinery / plant, Quads / ATVs, tools and fuel.

The rural affairs unit will be working with our farming communities, landowners and partner agencies carrying out visits and attending events across the force area to promote and implement preventative measures and initiatives in the coming months.

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  • Thursday 28th April, 2022

    The unit attended Frome agriculture market this week, where they carried out a crime prevention event.

    This event was mainly focussed on preventing the theft of agriculture trailers.

    With collaborative working with partners DATATAG and NFU the unit managed to mark 38 agriculture trailers during the event as well as giving some useful crime preventative advice to our farming communities.

  • Thursday 14th April, 2022

    The Unit have organised and will be holding a crime prevention event in Frome later this month where agricultural trailers can be marked free of charge. The crime prevention event, which is being held in partnership with Datatag and the NFU and will be held at Frome Market from 9am – 2pm on Wednesday 27 April.

  • Saturday 26th March, 2022

    The rural affairs unit have attended an NFU event this week, where we discussed farm crime prevention and best practices, initiatives and how to implement them within the farming landscape. We will continue to attend events and individual victims to discuss and encourage best practices to protect your property.

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