IT’S not every day you get your target market gathered in the one place, but NSW Police Force rural crime officers are making the most of AgQuip.
They’ve set up camp at the site for the next three days in a bid to raise awareness of rural crime and equip visitors with all the tips and tricks for prevention.
They will also be joined from the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry.
According to the state’s rural crime chief, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, AgQuip provided the perfect stage for officers to share their message.
“We’ll have a stand manned by rural crime investigators for each day of the field days,” he said.
”They’re manning a site and available for information and we certainly encourage people to go along and raise any concerns they might have, particularly about rural crime issues.
“They’ll be feeding that information back to us so we can take it on board.”
“They’ll be providing information about crime prevention and how to better secure premises and some hints and tips about securing your premises.”
Assistant commissioner McKechnie said AgQuip was a good platform for engagement.
“We have over 100,000 people attending AgQuip over three days, it’s a great opportunity for us to engage with the community that is predominately involved in rural industries,” he said.
“It’s a really significant event on the calendar for us and we look forward to hearing from people about their concerns. It’s a two way street, we are there to provide information aswell.”
He said trespassing, illegal hunting and the theft of stock and firearms were among the top issues brought to the attention of regional police.
He also urged AgQuip visitors to speak to the Firearms Registry officers about their eligibility for licences and current licence status checks.
“The Firearms Registry have a site over the three days aswell where people can do all sorts of things in regard to firearms,” he said.
“The amnesty remains in place but people can’t actually physically surrender their firearms at AgQuip.
“They can check the registration of their firearms, ordering their replacement certificates, renewals and all those functions usually available through the Registry.”
“We certainly view AgQuip as one of the more significant community engagement opportunities in the region and will certainly continue to support it.”