Warning signs to deter farm thieves in Isle

Matthew Grove
Matthew Grove

A police scheme has been launched to deter criminals who target farms in the Isle of Axholme.

As part of Humberside Police’s existing ‘Farmwatch’ signs will be placed at various rural locations to let criminals know they are being watched.

The signs have been funded by Matthew Grove, police and crime commissioner for Humberside, and were made by inmates at a local prison.

Police hope the scheme will serve as a deterrent and put criminals off from targeting Farmwatch areas.

Mr Grove said: “I have always been a keen supporter of Farmwatch.

“Since taking office I have seen with my own eyes all they have achieved in reducing crime in their communities at little or no cost but the use of their local knowledge and personal commitment as scheme members.

“Reducing crime is my number one priority and tackling crime in rural communities needs sustained effort by the community, police and partners working together.”

He added: “As part of that effort I am delighted to be able to assist Farmwatch by funding these signs which have been manufactured by prisoners at HMP Everthorpe thereby ensuring they put something back into our communities.

“The message to criminals is clear, we are watching you.”

Sergeant Dave Jenkins, deputy director for wildlife crime for Humberside Police, said: “With these signs being created, it gives the Farmwatch members a sense of ownership and also warns any potential criminal they are being watched.”