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New scheme will cut rural crime

Created on 17/10/2016 @ 08:32
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A new scheme will cut rural crime in our area, according to NFU Welshpool.

GateTag is a new concept devised by Dyfed Powys Police where farmers, growers and landowners are asked to register their details to be provided with a number of serial numbered zip ties which are put on each gate that fronts onto a public roadway.

This clever tracking system helps police when investigating damage to fencing, gates or hedges from vehicles involved in road traffic collisions, and for stock control – to advise if any livestock has escaped or if someone else’s stock has been temporarily secured in that particular field and to help identify incidents of trespass.

Gatetag will work in conjunction with the NFU Welshpool’s Farm Watch Scheme by updating members should there be any thefts or suspicious activities occurring in the locality. 

Stephen Kenyon, NFU Welshpool said: “As a rural community we all need to work together to help protect ourselves, property and livestock from potential theft, vandalism or disruption.

“We already run a very successful Farm Watch Scheme with Dyfed Powys Police, alerting our farming members of any potential threat of theft in the area. We will now be making our members aware of the gate tagging scheme and encouraging them to take part in an attempt to further reduce rural crime.”

Farmers should contact PCSO Gary Gwilt at Welshpool Police Station by simply calling 101 or emailing



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