Rural Watch Website
The North Warwickshire Rural Crime Project was set up to look at crimes in the Rural Community and put in place initiatives to reduce those crimes. Funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has allowed the Warwickshire County Council Community Safety Team to commission the services of Carol Cotterill in the role of Rural Crime Coordinator. The first job of the project was to design and develop a Rural Watch website promoting the project and providing an extensive range of advice on Rural Crime.
The website was launched in September 2014 and by the middle of January 2015 there had been 9,024 hits with 2,086 return visitors. The project also has a Facebook following of 436 and 22 followers on twitter.
‘I can’t believe the figures’ said Carol, ‘Over the last few months the project has blossomed and there is so much interest from the rural community in the work we are doing. The website is always evolving with new articles posted regularly.
Martyn Stephens, the project lead, ‘The website was the start of the project providing a range of information to the public. Carol works very closely with the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams providing them with the skills to support victims of rural crime and signpost them to information.’
Current activity includes
- Identifying repeat victims of rural crime and providing necessary support
- Working with SNT officers to promote property marking events in the Community using a range of products, signage and information
- Promoting Rural Watch and signing up members
- Maintaining the Rural Watch website with up to date information.
- Identifying emerging crime types and developing crime reduction activity.
- Identify existing groups/agencies in the community to promote Rural Watch including existing members of a police rural watch scheme.
The public can visit the website www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk and sign up to Rural Watch, join Facebook and Twitter.