Trading Standards data indicates that there are approximately 1800 premises in Cumbria in the farming / agricultural business who are not members of a Farmwatch scheme. These non-member premises are at significantly higher risk of victimisation than those that are members.
Members of all watch schemes must register to receive information from the police. Members of the public can now self register here, at www.cumbriafarmwatch.co.uk
New recruits to Farmwatch will be encouraged to procure SmartWater kits from Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association. Whilst this is not a condition of membership, this is the only way in which they can appropriate signage, and anyone seeking information about membership should be provided with crime prevention advice and made aware of the benefits.
Members and prospective members should also be advised that where Insurance companies are made aware of scheme membership and SmartWater use, they will take this as a very positive feature, demonstrating a better than average approach to risk management which can then be reflected in the insurance premium and cover on offer.