An innovative way of re-evaluating security on your farm has been dreamt up - and it's fascinating.

In what is believed to be a first in the country, Lancashire Constabulary and Myerscough College have joined forces to create Farm Defender, a virtual reality (VR) experience.

It uses computer technology to create a simulated farm environment - so viewers feel like they're actually on the farm.

Used on a smartphone, users can move around the farm and see which areas need further security, and what they can specifically do to increase it.

The programme 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 here (