Police talk farm security after firewood theft at Heathcote

A FIREWOOD theft in Heathcote has highlighted the importance of farm security. 

Police have arrested a man in relation to the theft, which occurred at Sharps Lane property on Monday morning. 

A man is believed to have attended the farm about 10am and stolen a quantity of firewood. 

There have been a number of alleged thefts at the property over the past couple of months, with about $2400 worth of firewood stolen. 

A 42-year-old Romsey man was arrested and interviewed by police on Monday. 

He is expected to be charged on summons. 

Central Victoria Agricultural Liaison Officer Leading Senior Constable Dan O’Bree said investigating rural incidents was a priority for police.

“We know that farming properties and residences are viewed by criminals as easy targets because they can be very remote,” he said.

“Security measures, such as installing cameras in isolated areas of rural properties, can be both a deterrent and a useful tool in helping to identify offenders.”

A Farm Security and Farmers Health Expo has been organised for August 24 and 25 at the Bendigo Stadium

A Bendigo Health worker checks farmer Mark Collison's blood pressure at the 2016 Farm Security Expo in Bendigo.

A Bendigo Health worker checks farmer Mark Collison's blood pressure at the 2016 Farm Security Expo in Bendigo.

More than 1000 people attended the expo last year.

“It’s important that police work together with the farming community to reduce these incidents of theft and burglary as we know the impact they can have on their livelihoods,” Leading Senior Constable O’Bree said.

The Agricultural Liaison Officer program is a collection of members across the state who have expert skills in investigating livestock theft and farm crime.

The AGLOs establish and maintain relationships with farming partners, liaise with the farming community, encourage reporting of livestock theft, maintain a contemporary knowledge of local trends and issues and engage with partners to identify and mitigate risks in farming practice.

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