The rural community across Causeway Coast and Glens is being urged to sign up for an innovative crime prevention scheme before the final deadline later this month.
The successful pilot project, initiated by Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the PSNI, aims to tackle the blight of rural crime.
Applications made up until today (Friday 5th March) will be assessed for eligibility next week.
If you can’t meet this deadline, there’s another opportunity to apply by Friday 29th March.
The scheme, in partnership with Cantrack Global Ltd, supports farmers and rural dwellers to install tracking devices which act as a theft deterrent, helping to protect and track valuable agricultural equipment.
Successful selected applicants will benefit from a subsidised PROTECT tracking unit alongside a reduction in the cost of an annual subscription for the first year. This allows monitoring and tracking to assist in the recovery of stolen vehicles and equipment
PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Oliver McMullan, is calling on the community to make full use of the scheme said: “This scheme has already proven successful since it was first introduced, and following an initial focus on quad bikes we’ve seen a welcome reduction in this type of theft which can have a devastating impact on our farmers.
“The scheme has now been extended to include other rural vehicles and machinery so please come forward, make your application, and let’s work together to reduce rural crime across the area.
“The PCSP is committed to providing valuable, practical crime prevention help and we’re thankful to all our partners who have played a part in this so far. While we have made good progress, there’s still more to do and it’s important we don’t get complacent in our efforts.”
Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Sergeant, Darrel McIvor, said: “I would encourage owners of agricultural machinery to strongly consider making use of tracker technology. In the event you are the victim of theft, this can greatly increase the chances of recovering stolen machinery and equipment.
“We would also recommend that you review all aspects of farm security from lighting to access to your yard and outbuildings.”
To be considered for the pilot scheme please request an expression of interest form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 028 207 62225.
The availability of tracker devices is limited and applications will be marked against a set criteria including crime pattern analysis via the PSNI.