Cops crack down on theft and other crime
NSW Police are continuing to call on members of the rural community to work with them to help prevent crime in the bush following Rural Crime Week recently.
Western Region Commander and NSW Police corporate sponsor for rural crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said rural crimes were serious offences and it was important farmers worked with police.
“The theft of livestock, produce and equipment, and other rural crimes can have a devastating impact on farmers so if we can prevent crime occurring, we save someone becoming a victim and can direct our resources in other areas,” Mr McKechnie said.
“You can significantly lower the chance of your property being targeted by using some simple steps such as always securing your farming equipment with good quality locks and regularly checking where your machinery is stored.”
Mr McKechnie urged farmers to properly identify farming equipment and stock.
“While people living on the land deal with so many variables, protecting valuable produce and machinery from theft is one thing they can control,” he said.
“Protect your livestock by maintaining accurate and up-to-date records including identification numbers, purchases, sales, births and deaths of your livestock.”
NSW Police also encouraged people living on the land to install security measures around sheds, fuel and residences.
“Security lighting, alarms, dogs and video surveillance go a long way to deter criminals,” Mr McKechnie said.
Anyone with information about rural crime in NSW should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at nsw.crime stoppers.com.au. Information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Information about criminal activity should not be reported via police Facebook and Twitter pages.
DRIVEN OFF: Vehicles and other machinery are vulnerable to theft, police warn.