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    Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    Is there such a thing up here where you can report vehicles and receive information aswell? Inverness area. Had some tools lifted just up the road from us and have been a target at home mainly diesel. always have vehicles in so looking for a heads up. Cheers
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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    Has your local Constabulary got a Twitter feed? If not or it's not suitable, start one - open it up, get a few neighbouring farmers to follow it and you follow them and then you have an instant info exchange. Be selective who you have onboard. Call it @InvernessFarmWatch or something like it. Tweet info from your phone if you see something and you'll get it if someone else does. Job done

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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    We are supposed to have a farmwatch between Lothian and Borders Police and NFUS members with email and text alerts. The police never put anything on, I suppose they are too busy looking after all the town living minorities.

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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    Quote Originally Posted by WoodenHead View Post
    Has your local Constabulary got a Twitter feed? If not or it's not suitable, start one - open it up, get a few neighbouring farmers to follow it and you follow them and then you have an instant info exchange. Be selective who you have onboard. Call it @InvernessFarmWatch or something like it. Tweet info from your phone if you see something and you'll get it if someone else does. Job done
    Best get signed up for twitter or try facebooking them first. Constabulary is all one now
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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    How many farmers are on FB or Twitter? This one isn't. I suspect it is only a small minority who are on here.

    On the other hand, the local cops seem pretty keen to receive information and usually act on it.

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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    We have signed up to farm watch in the north highlands. Get texts regularly if there are suspicious folk around or if something has been stolen to alert folk of what is going on . But i would say that it needs the participation of farmers to tell the police of any unusual activity in the area. This scheme is supported by NFU mutual.

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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    We have signed up to farm watch in the north highlands. Get texts regularly if there are suspicious folk around or if something has been stolen to alert folk of what is going on . But i would say that it needs the participation of farmers to tell the police of any unusual activity in the area. This scheme is supported by NFU mutual.

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    This sounds very similar to what was happening with our scheme covering Lothian & Borders. It worked well when there was a police officer who was interested in an area but as we all know the police move their staff around regularly. When they are replaced the new person often has other priorities and farmwatch takes a back seat, in fact farmwatch is often left hanging onto the tow bar trying desperately to be heard.

    One thing we must all do though is take the time to report all suspicious activity. The police response is driven by statistics and as far as they are concerned if they haven't been told it isn't a problem so they don't put any resources into it. Farming is statistically a small part of the population so we are at an instant disadvantage so must make every effort to help ourselves. If you want to report any non emergency in Scotland the new single police force contact is 101.

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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    We have signed up to farm watch in the north highlands. Get texts regularly if there are suspicious folk around or if something has been stolen to alert folk of what is going on . But i would say that it needs the participation of farmers to tell the police of any unusual activity in the area. This scheme is supported by NFU mutual.

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    Did you get in contact through Nfu first was it?
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    Re: Rural farm watch in the highlands??

    PC Angie Grant in Dornoch Police station runs it. Sign up through her

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