HOME Farm in Middle Claydon was the venue for a Rural Crime Prevention Day hosted by Thames Valley Police and the National Farmers’ Union last Thursday.
Insp Emma Garside welcomed 30 delegates to the event, organised by PC NIcki Tipping, and thanked landower Sir Edmund Verney for the use of his premises and farm manager Anthony Elliott.
Home Farm was held up as an example for its security standards.
Delegates then had the chance to visit stalls, including Datatag Cesar, which brought along a John Deere tracked tractor, fully marked up with Cesar security and immobiliser.
Other stalls included Winslow company Oak Park Alarms, CCTV company Crimewave Solutions and the NFU Mutual loss prevention team. They were also encouraged to sign up to Thames Valley Police’s Countrywatch scheme.
Delegates heard about two police initiatives. Operation Shovel focuses on disrupting and investigating the theft of plant and agricultural machinery, crimes often committed by career criminals with links to serious crime groups. Aylesbury Vale has one of the highest rates across Thames Valley Police.
Operation Precious aims to reduce metal thefts.