Cops crack down on theft and other crime

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

DRIVEN OFF: Ve­hi­cles and other ma­chin­ery are vul­ner­a­ble to theft, po­lice warn.

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