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New Farm Watch scheme launched to tackle rural crime

Thursday, 28 September 2017

New Farm Watch scheme launched to tackle rural crime thumbnailThe Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, councillor Paul Reid launching the Borough’s Farm Watch scheme in Ballymena. GB39272 p3

A NEW Farm Watch scheme has been launched across Mid and East Antrim to help tackle rural crime.
It will see the Mid and East Antrim's Community Safety Partnership, the PSNI and Ulster Farmers Union, work together to reduce the threat of crime on rural communities and spread safety advice.
PCSP Chair Cllr Brian Collins said: "With almost 2,000 farm related businesses across the Borough, we have a significant rural community to protect.
“This partnership is extremely welcome to help maintain those livelihoods that not only prop up our economy, but make up our fantastic communities here in Mid and East Antrim.
“Farm Watch will see the rural farming community working closely with Council, the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs, the Department of Justice and Police.
“This collaborative working approach helps us build stronger, safer communities.
“This Farm Watch scheme is to prevent and detect crime. Sharing information and encouraging vigilance is key to making people feel safer in their homes and businesses.
“I would encourage everyone to sign up to Farm Watch and to the Text Alert service and to feel confident that you can report anything that you think may be suspicious to the Police.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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