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Crime prevention advice for the rural community

We are providing crime prevention advice to our rural community in relation to security around your property. By adopting some crime prevention measures in your area you will hopefully reduce the possibility of being a victim of crime.

Common targets are trailers, quads, horse boxes, power washers, tools and farm equipment.

Rural crime normally occurs during the hours of darkness as there is less chance of being observed and detected, the general public are not about and it is easier to see other vehicles and persons approaching.

Engagement with our rural communities has provided information that most farms and outbuildings are 'cased' during daylight hours by 'unauthorised callers' using various plausible excuses.

In the offsite links box on the right of this page you will find a link to the Warwickshire Rural Watch website where there are a number of crime prevention advice sheets on crimes that occur in the rural community.

West Mercia Police is running a campaign, Rural Matters to help reduce crime in rural areas. There are also crime prevention advice sheets available to download.

  • Rural Matters50 days of focus 2016

    50 days of focus 2016

    50 days of focus' will raise awareness of the policing activities happening each and every day in rural communities to help reduce crime. Different activities are taking place every day, from crime prevention advice to information on rural crime operations.

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  • Partnership iconWorking in partnership

    Working in partnership

    Tackling rural crime often involves and requires partnership with other agencies outside the police.

  • wildlife crime iconWildlife Crime

    Wildlife Crime

    The policing of wildlife crime is a specialist subject. Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached, this section contains useful links to legislation.

  • other rural crime iconRural Crime

    Rural Crime

    In this section you will find advice and related links for heritage crime, equine crime and other types of rural crime.

  • watches and crime reduction iconWatch schemes

    Watch schemes

    Join a watch scheme and sign up to receive crime alerts and crime reduction advice

  • Project PoacherProject Poacher

    Project Poacher

    Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights. There are many methods of poaching including the use of weapons, poisons, explosives, snare traps, nets and cages. Lamping is also used at night (the use of a spotlight to impair an animals natural defences).

  • Cross Border OperationsCross border operations

    Cross border operations

    Targeting rural and cross border crime

  • Operation Leviathan iconOperation Leviathan

    Operation Leviathan

    Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and partners have launched Operation Leviathan, a campaign to raise awareness of fish theft, illegal angling and anti-social behaviour around waterways

  • Rural Matters50 days of focus 2015

    50 days of focus 2015

    '50 days of focus' aims to raise awareness of the policing activities happening each and every day in rural communities to help reduce crime. Different activities are taking place every day, from crime prevention advice to information on rural crime operations.