Rural Crime Investigators from across the north west zone will host a number of community engagement workshops to help develop target hardening strategies for victims of rural crime.
Rural land holders, community members are invited to attend the meetings which will be held in the Barraba and Manilla districts commencing this month.
Further workshops will be held at Walgett, Nyngan and Cobar between April and June.
NSW Police Force Rural Crime Prevention team members will discuss the roles and functions of local Rural Crime Investigators, how they can assist rural landholders in deterring and preventing crime, and the target hardening strategies available for repeat victims.
General community questions and concerns can be addressed at the conclusion of each presentation.
Between 2015 and 2020, nearly 11,000 cattle and more than 100,000 sheep were reported stolen to the NSW Police Force. This is a conservative financial loss of over $22.5 million to NSW Primary producers.
State rural crime coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the community engagement workshops have been developed in response to the significant psychological and financial impact on farmers and landholders as a result of rural crime.
"The violation of an intruder entering your private property and stealing from you has a considerable affect on your emotional state and your sense of safety and security," he said.
"Subsequently, the Rural Crime Prevention team is working with rural communities to assist with developing 'target hardening' strategies for your property."
The public is urged to attend the workshops and meet with their local Rural Crime Investigators who endeavour to provide information on reducing the risk of becoming victim to rural crime.
- March 17 at the Barraba Bowling Club from 7pm
- March 25 at the Manilla RSL & Ex Servicemen's Club from 7pm
- April 21 at the Walgett Sport Club from 6pm
- May 26 at the Nyngan Bowling Club from 6pm
- June 23 at the Cobar Bowling Club from 6pm