What is Farm Watch
Farm Watch is a scheme which operates in a similar way to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The scheme is run for, and by, members of the farming community and is supported by the police.
There are dedicated community co-ordinators in each individual Farm Watch area. Each co-ordinator has a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area to prevent crime.
The aims of the scheme are to:
- Increase the prevention and detection of farm related crime
- Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and other farming related groups
- Reduce the fear of crime in your community
- Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies.
What are the benefits of being a member of the Farm Watch scheme?
- Access to Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
- Advice on how to report suspicious activity
- Access to your local policing team and Farm Watch co-ordinator
- Provision of regular farm crime information in your area
- Information about security products that reduce theft and increase the chance of offenders being caught
- Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying farm equipment
- Opportunities to purchase property marking kits at reduced rates
- Signs and stickers for your premises and equipment showing that you are a member of a police supported initiative
- Opportunities to organise/attend events e.g. free security surveys of farms and equipment
- Opportunities to provide content for newsletters.
- Requirements of becoming a member
Farm Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the farming or rural community can join but we request that you:
- Register your property (see property marking information)
- Register your details with Devon and Cornwall Alert
- Contact your local Farm Watch co-ordinator. Please contact your local policing team for more details.
How do I register my property?
- You can register details of your property free of charge at www.immobilise.com
- You can have your own password protected account
- Police can search this site for lost or stolen property.
Help to prevent crime and make the effort to Mark it and Register it.
Before buying - Check it. Ask to see all relevant documentation such as the original bill of sale, health & safety certificate, licence, etc. If the price seems too good to be true it probably is. If you are unsure of the authenticity of the sale don’t proceed.
If you see anything suspicious - please report it by:
- Emailing the police - 101
- Talking to your local policing team
- Calling the police non-emergency number - 101
- Giving information anonymously to Crimestoppers or by calling 0800 555 111.
- Calling the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline - 0800 789321
- 999 emergency - where life is threatened, people are injured, offenders are nearby or if immediate action is required.