Farm safety text service

Police are to launch a special text service aimed at helping farmers and people in rural communities protect themselves against crime.

The Rural Text Alert System will be launched at the PSNI’s Farm Security Event in Greysteel which is to be held next Monday, August 1.

PSNI Crime Prevention Officer Gillian Dixon says while rural crime is not necessarily on the rise, people are worried about opportunistic criminals.

“The purpose of this event is to offer support and advice to those living in farming areas about how best to protect their property. The Rural Text Alert System for farmers will also be launched allowing farmers to sign up and receive text alerts about incidents of thefts from farms in their areas. I would encourage farmers in the Foyle, Limavady and even across the border to come along to the event.”

Derry SDLP councillor Thomas Conway, chair of the Derry District Policing Partnership, says farmers cannot afford to be complacent.

“As a farmer I will be attending myself and would encourage as many of the farming community to also attend this worthwhile event.

“Police in Foyle have recently been successful in tackling rural crime, particularly farm thefts, but we cannot become complacent and important advice will be provided to help us safeguard our property and machinery.”

The event will be held in the Vale Centre in Greysteel from 6.30pm to 9pm.