TecTRACER which uses Trace-in-Metal technology is being used in an imaginative way in fighting rural crime in Derbyshire.

Farms across the Derbyshire Dales are being offered a free security check-up, as part of a crime prevention initiative by our rural crime team. (Pictured: L to R: Sgt Andy Wordsworth, Mr. Burnett, Farmer and PCC Hardyal Dhindsa on a recent visit to Wye Farm in Rowsley.)  

Although Derbyshire continues to be one of the safest places in the country, isolated and rural areas such as the Derbyshire Dales can be vulnerable to cross-border criminals, who travel from outside the area to commit crime. 

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, of the Derbyshire Rural Crime Team, said: “One of our main objectives is to help target rural related crimes and issues, which have a significant impact on our farming community, including the theft of agricultural machinery, theft of metal, fuel and also livestock.

“As part of this, we’re going out and about to farms in the Derbyshire Dales area to provide specialist policing advice and crime prevention guidance. We’re helping farmers to forensically mark their property and bolster their security, as well as making sure they’re part of our Farm Watch community.”

Each farm the team visit is offered tailored advice but can include forensic based property marking systems for trailers, vehicles, machinery and tools, for livestock, alarm systems for sheds and trackers for vehicles and trailers.

Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa joined the team on a recent visit to Wye Farm at Rowsley to find out more about the initiative. Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, was instrumental in the introduction of a keen focus on rural crime and safety issues in Derbyshire. 

Welcoming the latest rural crime initiative Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m pleased to see that people living in remote rural areas are receiving tailored support from Rural Crime Team to help them make their property safer including vehicles and farm equipment, fuel and livestock. 

 “I feel that it’s so important that those living in isolated rural areas have access to this type of support, just as it is for vulnerable properties in urban areas.  Derbyshire’s specialist Rural Crime Team is making a real difference and I hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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