A Rural Crime and Safety Event has been organised in a bid to highlight the issues and demonstrate practical ways of minimising the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime.
The event will take place from 10am until 3pm on Saturday, March 7th, at Drumhilla Farm (Corries Meats) Crossnamuckley Road, Newtownards.
Superintendent Brian Kee said: “I wish to give an assurance that there is no acceptable level of crime in the rural community or indeed elsewhere, and for the PSNI, one victim, is one victim too many.
“We take the issue of crime in rural communities very seriously and we are working to prevent and deter would-be criminals from targeting rural dwellers. This event is designed to demonstrate how we can work together to tackle this scourge on rural communities.”
Local PSNI Community Safety Inspector Hazel Brady has encouraged everyone to come along.
She said: “During the event, there will be a demonstration from NIFRS and NIAS re-enacting a tractor/vehicle collision and large animal rescue. Those attending will have the opportunity to have their trailer marked for free, and PSNI firearms officers will also be in attendance to provide advice on preventing gun theft and the appropriate storage of weapons. DOENI will be in attendance to give a talk on pollution and wildlife issues, NFU risk management specialists will also be there.
“Our colleagues from other agencies will also be on hand to give advice on the health and wellbeing for rural dwellers with blood pressure and stress indicator testing and help with financial stress issues.”
Keith Morrison, chief executive of HSENI very much welcomed the event, adding: “This event provides a welcome chance to discuss farm safety issues and the simple and inexpensive precautions that can be taken to keep everyone SAFE on our farms”
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service station commander Jonathan Gamble, said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) continue to attend many incidents each year on farms. NIFRS is calling on all farmers to think ‘safety first’ when working on their farm to help protect themselves, their families and their livestock from the many dangers that arise daily.”