VICTORIA Police will hold an expo in Bendigo next week aimed at addressing the increasing rate of agricultural burglaries.
In the 12 months leading up to March 2016, there were 331 burglaries recorded on farmland or agricultural properties across Victoria – up from 272 the year before.
The Farm Security Expo – to be held in central Victoria for the first time – will provide a platform for farmers and police to work together to minimise the risks involved in managing rural properties.
Inspector Paul Gardiner said livestock, firearms, ammunition and farming equipment were the most common target.
“We know that farming properties and residences are viewed by criminals as easy targets because they can be very isolated,” Insp Gardiner said.
“We often see farming equipment taken which ends up being extremely costly to replace.
“This can have a huge impact on productivity, income and livelihoods.
“We know there are strong networks amongst these rural communities, and by sharing information and experiences we can start the conversation about farm security.”
Held in conjunction with Crime Stoppers and the Victorian Farmers Federation, the expo will include presentations and displays highlighting proactive measures and technology to improve farm safety.
The Farm Security Expo will be held at Bendigo Stadium on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July.