Dumfries Show Sees Launch of Local Rural Crime Initiative

The Dumfries and Galloway Partnership Against Rural Crime (DGPARC) will see NFU Scotland working with local and national agencies to combat the rise in rural crime in the area.

The launch took place as part of the NFU Scotland members reception and MSP drop in session, chaired by NFUS Dumfries and Galloway Regional Chairman, Rupert Shaw, at this year’s Dumfries Show on Saturday 3 August.
PC John Cowan of Police Scotland was in attendance to explain a bit more about the purpose of the group and the importance of bringing together stakeholders and partners to highlight rural crime in the area and work together with farmers and communities to ensure they are kept up to date with what is happening on their doorstep.

The Dumfries and Galloway initiative has come off the back of the national partnership, Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), and is one of several regional partnerships which have been encouraged by NFU Scotland and the wider SPARC partnership.

The launch also received cross party support from local MSPs, with Emma Harper MSP, Colin Smyth MSP and Finlay Carson MSP all in attendance on the day.

NFU Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Chair Rupert Shaw said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Dumfries and Galloway Partnership Against Rural Crime and to be able to host the launch as part of our reception at the Dumfries Show.

“As we’ve seen from the recent NFU Mutual report, rural crime is on the increase and we need to ensure that our members and communities feel safe in their local area.  We look forward to working with our partners to highlight rural crime and to work towards decreasing it across our region.”

Following on from the launch Clare Sturla, South East Regional Support Officer/Regional Co-ordinator for DGPARC partner Scottish Land and Estate, added: “It is essential that everyone living, working and enjoying rural Scotland feel confident, safe and protected from rural crime.

“This partnership will play a key role in ensuring we can tackle irresponsible access and the serious implications of rural crime in Dumfries and Galloway, and we’re delighted to play our part in the group.”

PC John Cowan, who spoke at the launch, said: “Dumfries and Galloway Partnership Against Rural Crime is open to including any stakeholder with ideas and resources to contribute to reducing crime and the fear of crime in Dumfries and Galloway and across the whole country. Utilising the networks already established by SPARC but tailoring the group to local needs and issues, DGPARC will work together and identify opportunities to share Intelligence and target hotspots.

“The partnership offers another valuable tool in the fight against crime. The rural environment is particularly challenging in relation to crime prevention and detection and the more eyes and ears in the community working together, the more successful we will be in deterring criminals.”
Notes to Editors


Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4059

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 113/19

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