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We Don't Buy Crime supports rural communities at summer events

West Mercia Police's We Don't Buy Crime is pleased to be supporting its rural communities at a host of county shows and community events taking place this Summer.

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Over the next few months staff from the team will be at a range of county shows and community events across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford.

The events will give members of the public the opportunity to hear more about We Don't Buy Crime which is West Mercia Police's response to tackling acquisitive crime, which includes crimes such as burglary and theft, as well as discuss any concerns they may have about crime issues in their local area.

Members of the public will also be able to get expert crime prevention advice and hear more about tried and tested steps they can take to help prevent themselves from becoming a victim of a burglary or theft. The team will also have some free SmartWater kits to give away.

The work of the team is supported by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion with the office of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner supporting police at some of the events.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding leads the initiative on behalf of West Mercia Police.

He said: "Being a victim of a burglary or theft can be devastating. It can have a huge impact on victims, their neighbours and particularly for our rural and business communities, effect someone's livelihood and as part of We Don't Buy Crime we're committed to doing all we can to prevent these types of crimes in the first place.

"We Don't Buy Crime has many aspects, using both overt and covert tactics, to essentially take the value out of acquisitive crime and stop thieves in their tracks with crime prevention playing a huge part. These events offer a great opportunity for us to get out into the community and speak to people and tell them about the work we're doing and offer some expert crime prevention advice. It's well known that simple crime prevention measures can act as a great deterrent to criminals, by taking some simple steps members of the public can help prevent themselves from being targeted.

"Right across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford we have We Don't Buy Crime towns, villages and parishes which are protected by SmartWater forensic technology and display signage with a clear message to would be thieves that the area is protected, it is my ambition to have every single town, village or parish in the area we police sign up to the initiative. Academic research has shown the initiative acts as an effective deterrent to criminals with significant reductions in crime in our We Don't Buy Crime areas and I'm really pleased with the success we have had so far."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "I'm pleased to be working alongside the We Don't Buy Crime teams at the summer events and see the funding I put towards Smartwater in action.

"As part of my commitment to making communities feel safer, I wanted to give those who took the time to visit the stand the opportunity to try Smartwater. I want to see more homes and communities protected by this effective deterrent so that we ultimately see the number of people who become victims of burglary lessen across West Mercia."

We Don't Buy Crime will be at the following events:-

Saturday 13 July

Newport Show

Saturday 20 July

Eckington SmartWater event (Eckington residents only)

Saturday 27 July

Emley Castle - Crime Prevention Multi-Agency Partnership

Thursday 1 August

Burwarton Show

Wednesday 17 August

Minsterley Show, in partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team

Wednesday 31 August

Bromsgrove Police and Fire Open Day, in partnership with the office of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Saturday 14 September

Ludlow Food Festival, in partnership with the office of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Saturday 14 September

Kington Horse and Agricultural Society Show

ISSUED: 11.30am 120719 EH

Published 12/07/19