New initiative launched aimed at tackling rural crime in Lisburn

Pictured at the launch of the new initiative to combat rural crime in the Lisburn area are: (l-r) Nessa O'Callaghan, Hillsborough CPLC; Inspector Lyndsey Barr and Councillor Brian Bloomfield, Chairman of Lisburn PCSP.
Pictured at the launch of the new initiative to combat rural crime in the Lisburn area are: (l-r) Nessa O'Callaghan, Hillsborough CPLC; Inspector Lyndsey Barr and Councillor Brian Bloomfield, Chairman of Lisburn PCSP.

Lisburn Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the local police have commenced a targeted initiative to address rural crime and the fear of crime, by working in partnership with the farming and rural community to provide professional advice on health and safety and well-being.

A rural crime information pack with information from PSNI, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Public Health Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Agri-Rural Partnership and Tracker has been complied and will be distributed widely by Neighbourhood Police Officers across the Lisburn rural area.

Some of the initiatives that are already in existence to help reduce rural crime include the Rural Task Force, cross district/service wide anti-crime operations, property marking, Farm Watch, Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, Community Police Liaison Committees and Rural Crime Information Events.

The Chairman of Lisburn PCSP, Councillor Brian Bloomfield commented: “The rural crime information packs contain excellent professional advice for both the farming community and rural dwellers on reducing crime, the fear of crime and the health and well-being of those that live and work in the rural areas of Lisburn. I would encourage everyone to avail of a pack, which is free of charge and can be obtained by contacting the Lisburn PCSP on 028 9250 9284 or emailing pcsp@lisburn.gov.uk or contacting the PSNI based in Moira. I would also remind everyone to report suspicious activity as soon as possible or if a crime is committed to the PSNI non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency 999. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers by telephoning 0800 555111.”

Lisburn Area Commander, Chief Inspector John Wilson commented: “Rural communities play an essential role in the local economy. Thefts of farm machinery and livestock not only hamper a farmer’s ability to do his job but also can cause significant upset, inconvenience and loss of income. Police understand this and we are eager to disrupt those who target farmers and others in the rural community.

“These new packs, which are available from Lisburn PSNI and PCSP, are an excellent source of crime prevention methods for the farming community and those who live in exposed rural areas. PSNI officers are always willing to talk to anyone to give advice on how to make their property less vulnerable to criminals and I would encourage everyone who feels they need that extra support to avail of a rural crime pack.”