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Focusing on South Worcestershire's fight against Rural Crime

As part of the NPCC Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs Working Group, on Thursday 8th November 2018 there will be a UK Wide 'Day of Action against Rural Crime'.

Action such as enforcement, prevention, collaboration, encouragement of colleagues and partners, will be high on the agenda in getting out there and making a difference for the rural communities.

Local police officers based out of South Worcestershire's division of West Mercia Police will be adding in additional visits to the rural community and inviting them to join the West Mercia Police 'Rural Watch' Scheme and encourage the hosting of workshops on local farms and rural premises.

The new watch scheme was launched across Worcestershire in July 2018 and offers support to residents in rural areas. The aim is to encourage the rural communities to work with their local policing teams, reporting in crimes and suspicious activity in their area, to better deter criminal activity and help the police identify prolific hot spots of crime.

Additionally, the county has benefited in recent months from working with local farmers to pro-actively host police and partners workshops to aid rural crime prevention.

Lou Tooze, South Worcestershire's Rural and Business Officer who organises these events said: "The objective of the Farmers' Crime Prevention Workshops is for farmers in their local communities to come together to discuss issues of crime, receive up to date crime prevention information and advice on how best to secure farms and outbuildings.

"Farmers and landowners also get to speak to partners such as local authorities, machinery suppliers and security companies about initiatives and options.

"There is the added benefit of free property marking of tools, quad bikes and even Land Rover Defenders for those that attend!

"Feedback has been extremely positive for both the workshops and the Rural Watch Scheme which both aim to deter and disrupt criminal activity in the rural areas."

She continued: "Additionally, we will be at the Three Counties Showground, on Thursday 22 November from 4 - 7pm, for the 'Protect your Farm, Protect Yourself' event, where members of the rural community can attend and get advice."

For more information on how to sign up for Worcestershire 'Rural Watch', or to find out about crime prevention workshops please email the Rural & Business Officer at tracy.tooze@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or natalie.lowe@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

To register for the police Community Messaging Service (CMS) you can find details of how to do this on the West Mercia Police website: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/register

For any further enquiries, you can contact your local policing teams via the West Mercia Police website: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/myarea

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Issued: Tuesday 6 November, 5.45pm, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 06/11/18