Rural Watch operates specifically to support local residents, businesses and farms etc in rural communities across Western Australia.
Following the same principles of Neighbourhood Watch, Rural Watch encourages people in farming and rural communities to know their neighbours, be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.
A community that is organised and committed to crime prevention, may act as a deterrent to potential criminals who will be aware that Rural Watch is in place.
Rural Watch aims to:
- To provide Rural Watch signs to deter criminals and anti-social behaviour.
- To encourage telephone and email contact between the community and Police about crimes and suspicious activity.
- To encourage rural communities to take crime prevention and deterrent action.
Rural Watch initiatives:
Promote programs such as farm and home security checks, property inventories and identification on all machinery tools and equipment, security locks, lights or alarms, rubbish dumping prevention and others.
Display signs on your property boundaries that show you are a member of Rural Watch.
Encourage farmers and their employees to be security conscious, look out for strange vehicles, and report all suspicious activity to Police.
Encourage information sharing amongst farming communities to:
Keeps the community informed.
Develops community spirit and increased levels of participation