New South Wales

Police and community work together to prevent rural crime

The NSW Police Force is calling on members of the rural community to work with police to help prevent crime in the bush.

Western Region Commander and NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Rural Crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said rural crimes are serious offences and it’s important for farmers to work 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,” Assistant Commissioner 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.”

Assistant Commissioner McKechnie urges 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,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie 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 encourages 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,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.

Anyone with information concerning rural crime in NSW should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

Source: NSW Police