Horsham Farm Watch
Sussex Police Chief Constable Martin Richards officially launched Farm Watch, a partnership between Sussex Police and the farming community to fight rural crime, at the South of England Show Ground in Ardingly on Tuesday November 24th 2009.
The Farm Watch scheme had already been operating successfully in parts of Sussex since 2003 and Mr Richards was joined at the event by representatives from the rural community to officially expand it as a county-wide initiative. The key aim of Farm Watch is to stress the importance of vigilance and communication - both within rural and farming communities and between rural communities and Sussex Police.
Chief Constable Richards said: "Since it was first set up in the Horsham area in 2003, the Farm Watch scheme has gradually spread across Sussex and is now an established, valuable resource to Sussex Police in our fight against rural crime. "Sussex Farm Watch already has about 1800 farmers registered, who provide valuable support and assistance - both to other Farm Watch members and to police officers who deal with rural crime.
The aims of Farm Watch are:
- To reduce opportunities for crime to occur in farming and rural communities.
- To strengthen community spirit, so that everyone works together to protect their property.
- To improve communication between the farming community and the police.
- To encourage people to report suspicious incidents as they occur
The services offered by the Farm Watch scheme include:
- Practical crime prevention advice to farmers and landowners, to help ensure their property and goods are as secure as possible.
- A property marking scheme to make it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen goods.
- A text alert service.
- A new and improved website section to keep members updated with the latest crime trends and prevention tips.
More information about Horsham Farm Watch and an application form can be found on the Sussex Police website here.