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National Rural Crime Action Week - security advice

In support of National Rural Crime Action Week, which takes place between 18th and 24th September, Secured by Design are highlighting the practical crime prevention measures that can be taken to help protect rural and agricultural property and reduce the opportunities for criminals.

The types of rural crimes seen across the UK vary from all types of farm crime through to fly tipping. Police forces also face regional and local variations in rural crime, with equipment, tool and fuel security being a particular issue for rural businesses and farms.

Doug Skins, Secured by Design, said: “We know the impact of rural crime on our communities and are working with our partners to make life harder for these criminals, as our rural communities have enough daily challenges without losing essential tools and machinery to thieves.

“Our Crime Prevention and Security Advice Hub, has a wide range of practical advice and assets that will help to support our rural and agricultural communities in the prevention of this type of crime. Our advice offers best practice, alongside practical crime prevention methods and alongside our practical advice, we have listed our Secured by Design member companies that offer products that have been tested and certified to meet the exacting standards you would expect from the police all to give you confidence and peace of mind. Simply look for our ‘Police Preferred’ logo.

“The National Rural Crime Unit is working every day to ensure specialist police resources can be targeted where they are needed most to protect farmers and the wider rural community and we’re currently working with them to introduce training to assist our rural communities with the active and vital role they can play in this area.

“Many Police forces operate a Rural Crime police team and help organise Farm and Country Business Watches to deal with issues affecting rural communities, and I would encourage you to engage with them to help tackle the scourge of rural crime.

“Report any suspicious activity to the police.  In an emergency always call 999, in a non-emergency contact your local rural crime police team.  If you have any information around rural crime, you can report it to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.

Visit the Secured by Design Rural & Agricultural Security Advice Hub here.

Police Preferred Specification

Secured by Design (SBD) operates an accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services – which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’. 

There are many hundreds of companies who produce thousands of individual attack resistant crime prevention products, in more than 30 different categories, which have met the exacting standards of the Police Preferred Specification. This includes vehicle security products, perimeter security products, external storage products, locks and hardware, asset marking, alarms, CCTV, asset registration products and many others.

SBD’s is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

Find out more about the Police Preferred Specification here.