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Warwickshire Police join national rural crime day of action

Warwickshire Police reinforced its commitment to protecting the rural community when it supported a national rural crime day of action on Thursday (8 November).

Officers joined forces with partners from local councils, landowners and gamekeepers as they focused on tackling rural crime and raising awareness of the issue.

Rural crime is defined as any crime occurring in a rural area as defined by the 2011 Office of National Statistics Rural Urban Classification, this includes hamlets, isolated dwellings and village output areas.

In practice, the force's rural crime strategy focuses on tackling issues more prevalent in rural communities such as theft of agriculture equipment, poaching, illegal fishing, and wildlife crime.

Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Officer, said: "The majority of Warwickshire is rural so these are offences that impact on a significant portion of our residents.

"The force is working hard to reduce rural crime and we're asking residents to help make life as difficult as possible for opportunistic criminals by taking simple precautions.

"As well as taking proactive action to identify and tackle crime in our rural communities, the day was a chance to draw attention to the measures people can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime."

The day included:

  • Visits to eight scrap yards and waste collectors in North Warwickshire to check licenses, paperwork and what was on site. Officers went armed with UV lamps so they could check for SmartWater and security marking. No problems were found at any of the sites and the owners were positive about the engagement.
  • Officers visited areas prone to poaching with gamekeepers.
  • Officers on off-road motorbikes went to areas known to have problems with illegal off-vehicles in Kingsbury Link and Brandon Woods.
  • In North Warwickshire, more than 50 rural locations were visited throughout the day including regular fly tipping sites, marinas, fishing lakes and farms. All farms were issued with a pack containing crime prevention advice, contact details for rural crime officers, and details of how police can support them.
  • Horse security marking events took place in Galley Common, Southam, Flecknoe and around the Warwick district.
  • A poaching operation took place on Alcester.


For more information on the force's rural crime strategy and rural crime prevention advice go to www.warwickshire.police.uk/RuralCrime or www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 13/11/18