Wessex leading the fight against rural crime

Wessex Fire & Security again took away plenty of promising leads from a rural crime prevention event organised by the police.

And the company believes the annual show at Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester, Dorset, will continue to grow.

With rural crime costing farmers and landowners millions of pounds a year, security is becoming an increasingly crucial part of rural industry.

Diversification in the countryside from traditional farming to new business models – including solar farms – means investment in the protection of assets can mean long-term savings.

Wessex Fire & Security, which is part of the Wessex Group based in Shaftesbury, Dorset, is leading the way with its hi-tech products.

At the crime prevention event it showed off the latest generation of CCTV, with the Avigilon Megapixel systems. A camera was set up over the lake at the agricultural college and the shot sent back to the trade stand on a large screen.

It demonstrated how wide and detailed these new, technologically advanced cameras are – ideal for covering large areas in great detail.

Other products included discreet radio-frequency identification tracking tools that help monitor property and vulnerable people.

Chris Stott, Managing Director of Wessex Fire & Security, said: “It was the second annual rural crime prevention event and I expect it to grow for years to come.

“Those living in remote places are aware of the problems they face securing assets, and technology now provides solutions that just a few years ago were just not available”.

“We were pleased to highlight our products and services to those who attended the event from across Dorset”.

“It is also important at these events to listen to what those from rural communities have to say about their concerns”.

“We not only picked up some good leads, but learned plenty as well. By its very nature, rural crime occurs away from people and the authorities so technology is increasingly important.”

A study last year by NFU Mutual showed agricultural theft cost an estimated £52.7 million in 2011 – up six per cent on the previous year.

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