Barwon Police focus on rural crime and unreported incidents
BARWON Local Area Command Rural Crime Investigators have spent this week communicating with local landholders after a number of unreported incidents were brought to their attention.
Crime manager David Silversides said rural crime can have a devastating effect on farmers and the wider community.
The under-reporting of rural crime presents further challenges.
“Feedback tells us land owners don’t want to bother the police, they think that nothing can be done,” Mr Silversides said.
“But if we don’t get reports, if we don’t have an understanding of what is happening out there, it is very difficult for our officers to be tasked correctly.
“The NSW Police is committed to reducing rural crime and we’re very keen to hear from anyone with information that could help our officers in tackling this issue,” Mr Silversides said.
“We encourage all farmers to get to know their local Rural Crime Investigators, and to report any crime, no matter how big or small.”
Barwon Local Area Command Rural Investigators can be contacted via Moree Police Station on 02 6757 0799.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to rural crime occurring in their area to call their local Police Station or to report anonymously contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
They can also use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence and people are reminded that they should not report crime information via police social media pages.
To access information brochures with crime prevention strategies addressing a range of key rural crime issues, visit: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/crime_prevention/rural_crime
Meanwhile, visitors to Agquip at Gunnedah are encouraged to drop in and see the NSW Police Force Rural Crime Investigators to discuss the many different facets of rural crime and its prevention.
Media Release: August 24, 2017