Rural Crime Day Targeting Farming Businesses

NFUS and Police Scotland join forces to host event for Edinburgh and surrounding areas

NFU Scotland, in conjunction with Police Scotland, is hosting a farm visit in an effort to encourage farmers to make simple changes to deter thieves.

The organisations are keen to ensure that farmers and those in the rural communities have taken simple and effective measures to avoid being targeted by thieves and are committed to assisting in any way possible.

The event, taking place at Harlaw Farm, Balerno on 19 December, by permission of Andrew Barr, will give farmers and rural businesses the chance to speak to representatives from Police Scotland and NFU Mutual as well as watch crime prevention demonstrations.

NFU Scotland’s Regional Manager for Lothians and the Borders Kerry Clark commented: “With farmers being targeted more often by thieves, they are asked to make an effort to come along to this event to see for themselves cost-effective and simple measures they can adopt on their farm which could prevent theft.

“With high-value machinery and equipment used and kept on farms, they can be more susceptible and vulnerable, and it’s even more important that farmers and crofters take time to review what they have in place and look to make improvements.

“This latest event is part of a host held over the last 12 months across the country in conjunction with stakeholders such as Police Scotland to assist farmers in identifying practical measures, and give them the opportunity to ask questions.”


Notes to Editors

  • The rural crime event will take place at Harlaw Farm, Balerno on 19 December 2016 from 10am to 12pm. Members who would like to attend should email, call 0131 472 4020, or text Kerry on 07780441750.
  • Members of the media who would like to attend should contact
  • A photograph of farmer Andrew Barr and PC Chancellor of Police Scotland is available from Photographs from the event will be available afterwards.

Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108.

Date Published:

News Article No.: 263/16

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