28 June 2002

Dont skimp security

DO NOT neglect top class security however busy your farm, advises North Yorks Police community safety officer Terry Triffitt.

"Some people accept that their property may be stolen and are reluctant to do anything about it, particularly if it costs money. But there are ways to avoid becoming victims of crime without spending a fortune," says

police constable Triffitt, who will offer advice on rural crime prevention at the event.

Investing in a top quality padlock is one of the best methods of discouraging thieves from breaking into buildings. "Cheap padlocks are not worth buying. A good one might cost up to £60, but it will last a lifetime and be highly effective against criminals. Better still, fit a mortice lock to external doors wherever possible."

A spate of trailer thefts in the Ryedale/Scarborough area last April alarmed both police and farmers, says PC Triffitt. Thirteen trailers were stolen during the month compared with only three during the same period last year. "We believe that organised criminals targeted this particular area," he says.

"Painting or stitch welding your postcode and farm name on a trailer or other equipment can be off-putting to criminals. It also means you are more likely to get your property back if it is stolen."

As well as advising show visitors on crime prevention, North Yorkshire police will distribute copies of a free video Easy Pickings designed to cut rural crime rates. Copies can be ordered from PC Triffitt by phoning 01723-509646.