Police committed to fighting rural crime

TACKLING CRIME: Mr Rowland has been working with Federated Farmers rural security spokesperson Rick Powdrell on devising ways of tackling rural crime.

The police and Federated Farmers are liaising together to crack down on rural crime.

The Approach to Rural Crime Prevention initiative has been developed in recognition that many rural crimes remain unreported to police.

A change of mindset is needed within rural communities about the importance of reporting crime.

A recent Federated Farmers study revealed that of farmers who had livestock stolen in the past five years, just under two-thirds failed to report it to police.

Inspector Glyn Rowland from Police National Headquarters in Wellington said: “It may not be possible for every offence to be investigated, but knowing about offending is crucial to developing intelligence, which helps prevent crime throughout the community.

“Also, there are many occasions when police discover potentially stolen property. Due to the fact it was not reported, no charges can be laid.”

The police were building a strong partnership with Federated Farmers and would continue to do so over the coming years.

Mr Rowland said partnerships like this were crucial to preventing crime in rural communities.

He encourages farmers to stop by for a chat with their local police at the four main field days in 2015:

Northland Field Days, Dargaville
February 26-28

Central Districts Field Days, Fielding
March 12-14

South Island Agricultural Field Days, Canterbury
March 25-27

National Agricultural Fieldays, Mystery Creek, Hamilton
June 10-13.

Source: The National Farming Review - Federated Farmers of New Zealand (pg 5)