Farmers offered free crime prevention advice

Farmers in Cumbria are being offered free advice on how to protect themselves against rural crime.

Cumbria Police are holding an event at Kendal Auction Mart where farmers can sign up to a free messaging system that alerts them of any recent incidents and press releases.

Farmers can also voice their concerns to officers, who will be showing them how to secure their property and promoting some of the anti-crime initiatives which are available.

"Recent months have seen an increase in rural crime and this event is an ideal opportunity for rural communities to get advice to enable them to protect their property.

"We will be encouraging people to sign up to Cumbria Community Messaging. This is a free service which is used to alert members of the public to events, incidents and press releases which may be of interest to them.

"It is linked to Farmwatch and other 'watch schemes' under the umbrella of Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association.

"On the day, advice will be available on which crime prevention techniques would be of greatest use on their premises and representatives from Tracker, a 'secured by design' member company, will be on hand to answer questions on tracking devices for quad bikes and other vehicles and plant machinery."

– Sergeant John Stephens, Cumbria Police