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 College
At Myerscough, the initiative has been driven by the College’s e-Learning Team, with the project led by Adrian Capstick, Senior Digital Content Designer and Learning Developer, in conjunction with current learners on agriculture study programmes.
You can access Farm Defender by visiting: https://cenariovr.com/app/#/view/cc1?zfile=live.zip&id=15985
Additionally, you can also access Farm Defender via this QR code:
You can read more about our work with our rural communities by visiting: https://lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/protecting-rural-communities/