The Farmwatch Joint Operation is part of the wider strategy to ‘Close the gate on rural crime’ in Cumbria. It involves the coordinated strategic positioning of vetted observers with police-issue radio transceivers throughout Cumbria and is closely linked to law enforcement in neighbouring Counties. The Farmwatch Volunteers are tasked to be eyes and ears to gather and relay intelligence that the constabulary can swiftly act upon.
Before embarking on the operation, the volunteers are briefed at their local police station, fortified with refreshments and issued with equipment for the exercise and up-to-date information vis-a-vis recent patterns of crime, a tally of thefts and recoveries, and known suspect vehicles.
For Cumbria Farmwatch website’s advisory page click here. You can join the Farmwatch organisation via their website.
The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) has just published a comprehensive collection of crime prevention and safety advice. You can download a copy at: