The police and farmers are joining forces to fight crime in rural mid-Wales.
Through a new early warning system, farmers in North Powys will be sent text messages alerting them of potential criminals operating in the area.
The police will send the texts to NFU Cymru, who will then forward those messages to farmers in the affected areas.
The scheme comes under the Farmwatch banner and has been described as a “form of empowerment” by Sergeant Jon Rees of Dyfed-Powys Police.
“It’s all about being dynamic with the way we communicate information on crimes that are happening in our rural and outlying areas,” he said. “There may be a situation where we are getting calls of metal thefts in a rural area and we want to alert farmers to be on the lookout.
“Forewarning them in this way will not only help us in having extra eyes and ears looking out for the culprits, but also help the farmers to protect their property.”
Sergeant Rees said the scheme was not intended to scare people. “Rather it’s a form of empowerment,” he said.
“We’ll also be sending brief messages offering crime prevention advice where appropriate. Hopefully it will attract a lot of interest from farmers.”
Welshpool NFU Cymru group secretary Steve Kenyon said the scheme provided an early warning mechanism for farmers. “Information is passed on from Dyfed Powys Police to myself and from there a text is swiftly sent to all members who wish to be kept informed of incidents in their area,” he said.
“I urge all members who wish to take advantage of this beneficial scheme to get in touch with the Welshpool NFU Cymru group office on 01938 552 272.”
To track crime in your area visit Farmers Weekly‘s Crime Register