Lancashire Police Launch Farm Defender
Date of alert:
Thursday, 3 March 2022
In what is believed to be a first in the country, Lancashire Constabulary and Myerscough College joined forces to create an innovative addition to our rural crime prevention tactics.
Farm Defender is a virtual reality (VR) experience that uses computer technology to create a simulated farm environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience.
Accessed via a smartphone, users are immersed and able to interact with the 3D world. It is designed to educate users in an engaging and immersive way about the points on their farm which are vulnerable to organised crime gangs and offers advice on how to protect their equipment and property.
Originating as a Problem Oriented Policing idea by Sgt Guy Hamlett from Lancashire Police’s Wyre Local Policing Team - which aimed to reduce the risks of rural communities being targeted by criminals and organised crime gangs - Farm Defender has been brought to life by experts and students at Myerscough Colleg