With the cost of rural crime at its highest since 2011 it is an ever-increasing policy area for the NFU. The organisation works hard to raise the issue of rural crime with the police, local authorities, and at the highest level in government.
The NFU are dedicated to its members and providing the best possible support and advice. There are a range of tools currently available for farmers and landowners, from: an online rural crime hub, a dedicated rural crime hotline and a number of publications/reports. To further this, last month the NFU released a “Farm Security Guide” during its rural crime workshop at NFU conference 2020. The Farm Security Guide offers key advice to its members on measures they can take to protect their farming business, and how to report a crime effectively.
Prevention plays an important role in reducing rural crime, and by putting a few measures in place farmers can reduce the chances of being a target. Farms are often not only business but family homes, it is important to take every appropriate measure to protect them. Inside the manual there are 10 crime prevention tips for your property/land. The NFU have also partnered with several leading security and service brands to offer members exclusive discounts.
From a close working relationship with the police, the NFU recognise the importance of reporting a crime effectively. Not only is it important to gather data on rural crime, it is vital to give the police as much relevant and accurate information as possible. The booklet provides an essential step by step guide to reporting crime, specific to different offences to ensure our members have the appropriate information.
So far, the guide has received positive feedback and the NFU hope by sharing this knowledge with farmers and landowners we can tackle rural crime with a consistent and coordinated approach.