Farm Watch

Farm Watch is a scheme run for, and by, members of the farming community and is supported by the police.

Dedicated community co-ordinators in each Farm Watch area will have a direct link to a local policing team. This allows us to share information about criminal, anti-social and suspicious behaviour in your area that will contribute to reducing crime and improving the quality of life in that area

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Increase the prevention and detection of farm related crime
  • Increase community engagement between individual members, the police and other farming related groups
  • Reduce the fear of crime in your community
  • Increase public confidence in the police and other involved agencies

For more information about Farm Watch contact your local policing team.

Benefits of the scheme:

  • Free access to the Devon and Cornwall Alert (early information regarding crimes or suspicious behaviour)
  • Advice on how to report suspicious activity
  • Access to your local policing team and Farm Watch co-ordinator
  • Provision of regular farm crime information in your area
  • Information about security products that reduce thefts and increase the chance of offenders being caught
  • Details on how to register your property and search for details of stolen property prior to buying equipment
  • Signs and stickers for your premises and equipment showing that you are a member of a police supported initiative

Requirements of becoming a member

Farm Watch is a free scheme, anyone from the farming or rural community can join but we request you to:

  1. Register your property on immobilise.co.uk
  2. Register your details with the Devon and Cornwall Alert

For more information about Farm Watch contact your local policing team.

Farm Machinery

  1. If stored outside, keep vehicles in a well-lit location overnight, keep them locked at ALL times when not in use
  2. Keep the keys with you or in a locked key safe
  3. Consider using hitch locks and wheel clamps
  4. Consider a tracking device or data tracking chip for high value items
  5. Register valuable plant. Five items can be registered free with the national plant and equipment register www.ter-europe.org
  6. All property, including vehicles should be photographed and recorded in an asset register on immobilise.co.uk

Farm Buildings

  1. Store all of your property indoors and keep your doors and windows locked
  2. Fit British Standard locks with strong locking bars to doors and windows. If padlocks are used make sure they are robust
  3. Upgrade your storage to reflect the value of your property
  4. Install sensor controlled ‘dusk till dawn’ security lights
  5. Consider CCTV as additional security for vulnerable areas
  6. Consider an audible and monitored intruder alarm system

Farm Boundaries

  1. Remove all gates and entrances that you no longer use. If possible establish a single entrance and exit
  2. Invert and cap gate hinges so gates cannot be lifted off, use good padlocks with covers that cannot be cut off and ensure fixing bolts cannot be removed
  3. Plant thorn hedges as natural boundaries
  4. Dig ditches to restrict vehicle access
  5. Consider using an entry control system- infra-red, intercom or key pad entry
  6. Cattle grids should be removed and locked out of position when not in use