Warwickshire Police in partnership with Warwickshire College and Warwickshire Horse Watch is inviting local farmers, horse owners and rural businesses in south Warwickshire to a FREE Rural Crime and Safety Event at Moreton Morrell Agricultural and Equine College between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on the evening of Thursday, 27 February.
Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball who will be opening the event said:
“Rural crime is important to the public and it’s important to me. Together with our alliance partners we have announced a £1.5m fund to cover three areas – business crime, rural crime and cyber crime in our next budget.
“This event is a great opportunity for anyone in the rural community to find out more about the latest technology available to protect your property and to discuss crime prevention with your local safer neighbourhood team. I will also be there and look forward to meeting you.”
Supt Debbie Tedds said “We are hosting this event because we recognise the impact that rural crime can have on our communities.
“We hope to attract around 300 visitors and are urging as many people as possible to come along as this will be a unique opportunity to see the various and latest crime prevention devices available, and for people to gain expert advice on how to keep your property, equipment and livestock safe and secure.
“We are very grateful to Warwickshire College for allowing us to use their Moreton Morrell venue for this event as the fantastic facilities mean that we can also invite suppliers and partners to demonstrate crime prevention equipment such as trackers and fuel alarms.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service large animal incident team will be demonstrating the brand new equipment they use to help horses and livestock including a hoist and full size mechanical horse used to train their officers.
Warwickshire Horse Watch will also be on hand to professionally mark your tack and saddlery. This means if your tack is stolen, it can be returned to you and because police can prove it belongs to you they stand a better chance of a successful prosecution.
Carol Cotterill, Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch said “This event is an excellent opportunity for horse owners, farmers and rural businesses in South Warwickshire to see how Warwickshire Police and the watch schemes are working together to tackle rural crime issues and the equipment and initiatives available to help them to protect their property. Having the opportunity to see the new specialised equipment and meet the team from the Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Large Animal Incident Team will also be very interesting and informative to everyone with livestock and horses.
We hope this event will encourage members from local communities to join existing schemes such as Rural Watch and Horse Watch that already play a vital part in protecting communities from harm.
Diane Whitehouse, Vice Principal at Warwickshire College said “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this event in partnership with the police and Horse Watch. As part of the rural Warwickshire community ourselves, we want to encourage everyone to come along and find out more about all the support on offer around crime prevention and safety. It’s also a great opportunity for our students to engage with the local community on these important issues in rural life.”
Invitations are being delivered in the coming weeks to members of the rural community in South Warwickshire by their local policing teams and also by electronic mail through groups such as the National Farmers Union and watch Schemes.
Places are limited and so if you are interested in attending please register for a place by emailing Ian King at [email protected]
Interview and photo opportunity: Members of the press are welcome at the event. Those wishing to attend will need to contact Ian King [email protected]