Getting Farmwise at Kingston Maurward College

Farmwise – the first rural crime and fire prevention centre in Dorset – launched at last year’s Kingston Maurward College Open Day.

Based at the College’s own working farm – Stinsford Farm – the centre provides farmers and owners of rural businesses a chance to receive crime and fire prevention advice including a presentation followed by a tour.

During the tour visitors are shown examples of good and bad practices, and preventative measures and equipment that they can apply to their own businesses. They will see buildings and equipment fitted with a variety of security devices including recommended padlocks, trackers and alarms that can be used to detect the theft of fuel.  The tour also includes identifying the possible cause of fire – over half of the arson cases in Dorset each year involve farm buildings or equipment.

(L-R: High Sherriff Jane Stitchbury, Kingston Maurward College Principal Clare Davison,  NFU Rupert Rees, Dorset Police Superintendent Fiona Grant, Camilla Assirati, Kingston Maurward College Governor Andy Foot.)

Dorset Police Crime Prevention and Design Advisor, Debbie Oldfield, said: “Dorset Police recognise the huge impact crime can have on a rural business, and in joining together with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Kingston Maurward College and the Dorset Local Authorities, we hope to make farmers in particular aware of the need for crime and fire prevention.”

Dorset Community Safety Partnership led the first tour of the site with guests that included High Sherriff Jane Stitchbury, Kingston Maurward College Principal Claire Davison and representatives from the NFU (National Farmers Union).

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