Sign up to Farmwatch - McCrea

Ian McCrea
Ian McCrea

DUP MLA Ian McCrea has called upon farmers within the Cookstown District to sign up to Farmwatch and avail of the trailer tagging event taking place at Coagh Sports Centre on Friday 10 May 2013.

He said: “Agri-crime has increasingly become a growing concern and I felt it was important to organise an event that helps to provide local farmers with every resource to help fight this criminal activity.

“I have arranged this Farmwatch event along with the Cookstown Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team at Coagh Sports Centre on Friday 10 May 2013. Farmwatch is designed to help protect equipment and deter criminals from targeting your premises.”

Anyone who signs up to Farmwatch will avail of the following:

- Text / Email Alert – this provides text/email alerts regarding rural crime, which can in turn alert farmers to areas that are being targeted and encourage vigilance.

- Assets Register Database – in the event that property is stolen; having an accurate record of assets belonging to individual farms can enable quick identification of items stolen.

- Trailer Marking – Each trailer can be marked with its own code. Cookstown is CKN and is followed by an individual numeral and the police maintain a database of these numbers and the owners details

- Data tag – This is a unique identifier in the form of liquid that is applied to valuable assets; a register is then complied of the assets and sent to Data tag. If the asset is stolen and recovered it can then be scanned and returned quickly to its rightful owner.

- Farmwatch Signage – Signs are provided to each farm to further act as a deterrent to criminals as it indicates crime prevention measures are in force.

The trailer marking takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes and to ensure things run smoothly on the day everyone will receive a time slot to help avoid delays. It is also imperative that the sides of your trailer are clean.

Everything but the data tagging is free; more information on the data tagging will be available from the PSNI on the day.

Mr McCrea added: “I would encourage all farmers to avail of this event and get signed up to Farmwatch.

I ask that you contact my office on 028 867 64952 or email to express your interest so we can book you in.”