The Farm Watch scheme was launched by Wiltshire Police, Rural Crime Team in 2009.
Farms have a great deal of capital spread over a large expanse of land and some of which is portable providing easy opportunities for thieves. Farm Watch provides members with crime prevention advice, regular updates and local alerts via text message or email of suspicious activity. It is county-wide and aims to reduce the number of rural crime incidents.
Farmwatch schemes encourage everyone in the farming community to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. It also encourages them to pool their knowledge - people who live in the farming community have much specialised knowledge which even the police may find it hard to achieve.
The main aims are to:
- Reduce opportunities for crime and vandalism.
- Strengthen community spirit so that everyone can play a part in protecting their property.
- Improve two-way communication between farmers and the police.
- Reduce fear of crime.