Tackling rural crime is one of the key parts of the Police and Crime Plan. Last week saw the launch of a new campaign by Warwickshire Police to shine a light on the work that is ongoing to tackle rural crime. Called ‘Rural Matters’, it is beginning with ’50 days of focus’, where the spotlight will shine on different activities each day, from crime prevention advice to information on rural crime operations.
The campaign is one of the many initiatives to tackle rural crime funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Included among these is the Warwickshire Rural Watch website, which provides all residents with free crime prevention advice and up-to-date information on incidents in their area so that they can take appropriate precautions.
The PCC also funds a number of rural crime co-ordinator posts, hosted by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council, who deliver bespoke local projects to address crime in rural areas.
Projects include the Protected Villages scheme in North Warwickshire, where all rural communities and businesses in an area protect their equipment and property by marking them and registering them centrally, with signs to provide a visual deterrent to thieves then put up around the village. Elsewhere, an education programme in South Warwickshire is teaching local youngsters about crime prevention, so the next generation is already aware of the things they need to do to keep safe and secure.
You can keep up to date with the latest from Rural Matters at: www.warwickshire.police.uk/ruralmatters/
Pictured above are members of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in North Warwickshire who, along with Rural Crime Co-ordinator Carol Cotterill, met with colleagues from Leicestershire Police last week to share ideas and knowledge on rural and equine crime on the borders between the two counties.