RURAL crime and how it effects the farming community came top of the agenda recently when the PSNI held their first Crime Information Day at Garvagh Police Station.
The event, on Tuesday, February 28, was designed by police to give an insight into some of the key issues faced by farmers as well as offer practical advice on the the movement of livestock and existing communication networks.
Inspector Catherine Magee said: “Stephen O’Kane and Alfred Clyde from Keady View Cattle Grooming brought livestock along to the information day and gave a presentation on identification marking on cattle and sheep tags, movement books for cattle and sheep and understanding a herd book and flock book. This increased our awareness around how to check livestock if we stop a vehicle and trailer or lorry at the roadside.
“This event presented an opportunity for lively discussion and debate between farmers and the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team. We were able to listen to the concerns raised in relation to theft of metal and livestock and also gain an insight into the communication networks that farmers use.”
Inspector Magee said she hoped to hold further such events as well as increase the number of meetings between H District officers and and farmers.
“In addition to increased patrols and operations ongoing in the rural areas, we are asking the rural community to help to fill information gaps and act as our eyes and ears. It is extremely important that people remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.”
“We urge members of the community to get in contact with any information in relation to rural crime.”