Police pass on tips for farm security

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Police are passing on tips to farmers to guard against rural crime.

Officers have been visiting farms across the county to check up on their security and offer crime prevention advice.

The action is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, which targets theft and burglary.

Northumberland Area Command Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “Rural crime is important to us and local policing teams work to target those suspected of being involved in rural crime and to deter crime and prevent offences.

“We work closely with farms and rural communities all year round to ensure they have the right crime prevention advice, and as we move into darker nights it’s vital they have the information they need to protect their property. With this in mind, we’ve been visiting farms to make sure their properties are safe and secure.”

Advice includes keeping doors and windows in good repair and locked, even when at home, keeping valuables out of sight, leaving lights on to make properties look occupied, using timer lights, and erecting external lighting and CCTV.

Expensive items, such as horse tack, tools and vehicles, should be locked away.

Supt Paterson also reminded people of the Farmwatch scheme.

“We have a successful Farmwatch scheme and as ever, I’d like to remind people they are our eyes and ears on the ground,” he said.

“If they see unusual or suspicious activity, vehicles or people, they should report the information to police straight away so we can make urgent enquiries.”

To contact police call 101, ext 69191.