The Hamilton Ross Group supply Police Scotland with a Valtra Tractor to support their Rural Crime Prevention Campaign at the Royal Highland Show!June 20, 2018
Our Valtra T174 turned a lot of heads, featured in many selfies and, most importantly, helped raise awareness of Police Scotland’s Rural Crime Prevention Campaign at the Royal Highland Show!
There was an excited buzz at the Police Scotland stand as the gates opened for the 2018 Royal Highland Show and our police wrapped tractor, complete with flashing lights, was unveiled! Throughout the weekend, the tractor gained a lot of attention with many stopping by for a photo, but did you know that the tractor we supplied in partnership with Police Scotland and NFU Mutual was part of a wider campaign to help raise awareness of rural crime?
Crime prevention advice on how farmers and the rural community in Scotland can make their businesses and properties more secure was given by officers from Police Scotland attending the Royal Highland Show. The officers, along with staff from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, delivered Cyber Crime Prevention surgeries each day of the four days of the event, from Thursday June 21st to Sunday, June 24th, 2018.
Available to any member of the public attending the show, but specifically targeted at people working in the agricultural community, the sessions hosted by specialist officers highlighted the types of tactics used by criminals to steal money through the use of computers, or how they can use them to infiltrate and lock access to accounts and systems, and then try and extort the end user in order to try and get their data back. Gerry Grant, Chief Ethical Hacking Consultant at The Scottish Business Resilience Centre said, “The agricultural community can be at particular risk at certain times of the year when farm subsidy payments are made, and this means that business bank accounts may have a higher than normal balance, and are therefore at greater risk.”
Detective Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, who is chairman of SPARC (Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime) said, “Each and every farm is a business, and is therefore at risk from cyber fraud, in some cases even more so because of the nature of the business and how it operates. As well as the agricultural community, I would encourage members of the public and business community to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with our staff and raise the awareness of Cyber Crime Prevention.”
The exhibition stand at the show was sponsored by Secured by Design (SBD), the UK’s national police crime prevention initiative. By working alongside Police Forces around the country, SBD seeks to reduce crime by introducing proven crime prevention measures at the planning stage and by encouraging companies that have security-related products to achieve SBD’s Police Preferred Specification standard. SBD has more than 650 companies that has achieved this accreditation.
Detective Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, who chairs SPARC – the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime – said: “We are grateful to Secured by Design for sponsoring our stand at the show, as it allows us to put across many crime prevention messages to a huge audience. We know that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to preventing crime, and therefore we will be showing visitors to the stand the many ways they can protect themselves from criminality.
“That could be by helping them identify how better design of their farm estate, what physical security measures they can take such as using gates, fences, floodlighting or CCTV, or online through the cyber safety clinics we are holding on the stand each day.”
Stuart Ward, National Designing Out Crime Manager, Scotland, said the idea behind the stand is to raise awareness of crime reduction measures that can be applied to rural and farming communities, as SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police accreditation for security-related products in the UK.
He said: “By combining proven crime prevention techniques and SBD accredited products, we can reduce the risks from criminal activity within these areas, and we will also be raising awareness of tracking devices and equipment security such as fuel theft alarms.”
The Hamilton Ross Group team would like to thank Police Scotland, NFU Mutual SPARC and Secure by Design for their support and, of course, everyone who shared their wonderful photos of the tractor with us on social media. We are hopeful that, together with Police Scotland and their partners, we can help raise awareness of rural crime.
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