Free farm crime and fire safety information day in Dumfries and Galloway‏

NFU Scotland is inviting its members to attend a free information day to provide them with key information to protect their property from fire and theft.

The cost of rural crime to the UK economy costs £42.5 million a year

The cost of rural crime to the UK economy costs £42.5 million a year

The event, taking place at Gledpark Farm, Borgue, in Dumfries and Galloway on 29 September, has been organised by NFU Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), Police Scotland, SP Energy Networks and NFU Mutual.

As well as hearing from all the organisations involved about fire safety and farm security measures, attendees will be able to chat to representatives to gain advice about their individual needs.

There will be a walk around the farm to provide practical advice regarding fire prevention, with tips on carrying out risk management as well as farm safety advice for working in the vicinity of power lines.

Rupert Shaw, NFU Scotland’s Regional Vice Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway, and host farmer for the event, commented: “This practical walk and talk event will gives farmers the opportunity to receive valuable and practical advice to ensure their property is safeguarded against the potential of fire and theft.

“Our farms are laid out with the movement of livestock, machinery and storage of dangerous items for convenience, sadly this makes many vulnerable to opportunity thefts and other incidents.

“Having met with some of the victims of such crime in our region I’m very keen to support an event that will see the region’s emergency services guide attendees through simple practical measures to reduce risk.

“For NFU Scotland members who would like to attend please call 0131 472 4000 with your membership number to book your place.”