Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan said today the PSNI need to include a specific stand-alone strategy for dealing with agricultural crime in the policing plan.
Speaking after the Policing Plan 2014-2017 was published Ms McGahan said,
“I am deeply disappointed that the Policing Plan for 2014 – 2017 makes no mention of specific crime against farmers given the recent increase in this type of crime.
“The theft of livestock and machinery has caused major problems to the farming community over the past few years.
“This caused so much concern that Sinn Féin argued for a dedicated PSNI unit to be set up to deal with the issue.
“While this unit is now in operation I am concerned that it only has four staff and working without a concrete strategy.
“We need to see a commitment from the PSNI that they are taking this type of crime seriously.
“It is therefore important we address this issue immediately. A strategy to combat crimes against the farming community must be included in the upcoming policing plan.“I intend to have the issue raised in both the agriculture and justice committees so that the farming community can go about their business without the fear of being a victim of crime.”