Police and NSW Farmers have teamed up to ensure rural crimes are reported and enforced, holding the first of 26 Rural Crime Workshops at Henty Machinery Field Days.
NSW Farmer Association president James Jackson said as a nation Australia tends to be ambivalent about crime.
“Most of us are descended from unsuccessful criminals,” he said.
“The ‘Jolly Swagman’ is still a thief despite the egalitarian message of that song.
“Police cannot help unless they know about the issue and extent of the problem.”
Mr Jackson said a few years ago he was the victim of theft and lost 300 wethers.
But by the time he realised they were stolen and had not just wandered off, he thought it was too late to report the incident to police.
Now, he realises without people on the land reporting incidents police can’t know the full picture.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie said he was thrilled to be launching the workshops at Henty which focused on prevention.