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Livestock Event: Stamping out rural crime

21 June 2013

UK - Stamping out rural crime will come under the spotlight with the launch of a new farm safety and security feature area at the Livestock Event to be staged at The NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July.

The new feature, developed by the event’s organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, sponsored by NFU Mutual and located in the new Machinery Hall, will showcase some of the latest farm security systems and provide the opportunity for visitors to talk to experts and police officers targeting rural crime. The exhibit will include Dorset Police's custom tractor together with farm equipment fitted with a range of security markings and tracking devices.

“Rural Crime is costing the industry £53m a year and to avoid becoming a victim, farmers need to keep one step ahead of criminals who are targeting the countryside,” says NFU Mutual rural affairs spokesman, Tim Price. “This new exhibit is designed to inform farmers about current rural crime trends and the best ways to secure a farm. However, every farm is different, so there's no such thing as a single solution to rural security. That’s why it is important farmers understand how rural thieves operate and seek security which works for their type of farming and location. It's also a very topical issue for the livestock sector as we're currently receiving high levels of claims for stolen livestock, trailers, quad bikes, loaders and diesel.”

RABDF chief executive, Nick Everington comments: “We are pleased to stage this brand new feature at the event which we are confident will be of interest to all visitors eager to secure their property and find out more about how to tackle rural crime head-on.”

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