Rural crime

Walk & Talk: Midlothian Partnership Against Rural Crime Launch, Preston Hall

Time 11:00 - 15:00
Cost (Members) 0.00
Capacity 44 places available
Booking Cut-off Friday 21 Feb, 12:00:pm
Organiser Clare Sturla
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Midlothian rural crime initiative


Get practical help and advice to protect your land and property from criminal activity. Hear about security measures that can be put in place to deter criminal activity as well as equipment that can be used to help detect stolen property. The new Midlothian Partnership Against Rural Crime will be officially launched at this event and will include a farm Walk & Talk that will advise you how and where safety measures can be implemented on your property.


11:00 – Launch Event Opens

11:15 – Welcome, introductions and networking

12:15 – Lunch

13:15 – Information Stations and walk and talk around the farm – Discussions and interactions on crime and fire prevention

15:00 – Official close and further networking opportunity


SLE members and non-members are invited to attend the launch of the Midlothian Partnership Against Rural Crime that will include an informative Walk and Talk that will provide practical advice from the experts on how to prevent crime in the physical environment.

With high-value machinery, equipment and livestock on farms and rural businesses, you can be more susceptible and vulnerable, and it’s even more important that you take the time to review what security you have in place and look to make improvements.

A ‘must attend’ event for landowners, land managers and property managers who want to understand the current trends in rural crime and learn what to look out for and what practical steps can be taken to reduce the risk of crime.

The event will also give you the opportunity to speak to representatives from Police Scotland, Midlothian Council, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NFU Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates and Royal Bank of Scotland for advice and demonstrations on a range of crime prevention and fire safety issues.

During the event we will highlight ‘Rural Watch’ – a service you can sign up to for alerts when something happens in your local area.


Discussion topics will include:

  • Rural crime in the South East – is this something I need to worry about, what are the trends?
  • What steps can I take to reduce the risk of crime in the physical and built environment?
  • What products and technologies (CCTV, vehicle tracking etc) could benefit my business and what do the experts recommend?
  • Fly tipping, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, theft of agricultural equipment and ways we can protect our land and business assets, and make our rural communities safer.

This is also your chance to have your voice heard, to discuss your own experience of rural crime with fellow landowners, land managers and property managers and meet national and local representatives from Police Scotland.

We would like to thank to thank the Callendar Family at Preston Hall Estate for hosting the event.

The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) is a multi-agency partnership involving key organisations working together to tackle rural crime. SPARC coordinates activity including crime prevention advice to those living, working and enjoying Scotland’s rural communities and environments, and driving intelligence gathering and enforcement activity. A key goal is to reduce the opportunity for the crimes that cause greatest threat or harm to rural Scotland.

Secured By Design (SBD) is the only long term UK Police Initiative aimed at reducing the opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour and activity through planned alterations to the physical environment and use of ‘Police Preferred Specification Products’. SBD, is owned by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives who work alongside all UK Police Forces delivering support in the physical environment and testing and accreditation for security products. Local trained Police Specialists ‘Designing Out Crime Officers’ can be called upon to provide support and guidance on appropriate measures that can be applied to the physical environment to reduce the risk of criminal activity, free of charge.

Date: Tuesday 25 February

Time:  11am- 3pm 

Location: Preston Hall farms, Rosemains Farm Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5UQ

Cost: Free for members and stakeholders. Includes lunch. 

Please book online to secure your place.

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