Police target farm crime

POLICE officers are teaming up with farmers across Suffolk in a bid to cut agricultural crime.

Safer neighbourhood teams will visit 400 farms in south Suffolk over the next three months to build stronger links with the farming community.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) estimates that at least £500,000 worth of equipment is stolen each year from farms in Suffolk.

Officers will be handing out packs which include a farm survey and information on Farmwatch and Horsewatch. Leaflets on safe storage of fertiliser, Tracker brochures and Smartwater newsletters will also be available.

Babergh district crime reduction officer Verity Line said: “We hope that by meeting all farmers and gamekeepers that we will be able to improve our intelligence network and ability to share information with them more professionally.

“These groups are our eyes and ears in rural locations. They know when a vehicle is out of place and we should seek to build these relationships and capture this knowledge.”

David Card, NFU group secretary, based at the Lavenham office, said: “This project is an excellent example of the farming community working with the police to tackle the serious issue of organised crime targeting the theft of expensive tractors and other agricultural equipment.

For more information contact the police community safety unit on 01473 613500.