Farms encouraged to step up security

PUBLISHED: 11:37 13 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 13 June 2014

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A security survey tailored for rural businesses like farms has been developed in response to ongoing problems across Cambridgeshire.

The survey was developed by Cambridgeshire Police PCSO Gemma Dear, a rural crime officer and Carly Freed, South Cambridgeshire business watch officer.

It encourages rural business owners and managers to prioritise the reviewing of their security as it can significantly help prevent the financial impact of having valuable vehicles, equipment and tools stolen.

The survey is a series of questions based on the key areas a burglar would consider when choosing potential targets including access and perimeters, farm equipment and livestock.

PCSO Gemma Dear said: “The impact a burglary can have on a business can be huge, both for the cost of replacing items but also the lost time through repairs and managing the aftermath.

“Rural businesses have additional challenges due to the often large size of property and being quite remote and isolated from other premises. Also, because of the nature of the business, their security considerations can be quite different and so it is important they are reviewed appropriately.”

As part of tackling the problem the pair are carrying out a series of training sessions with officers about the importance of rural crime and how it needs to be treated differently to normal commercial burglary.

The Rural Business Security Survey and advice is available via the link www.cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/BusinessCrime/security.asp

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