Officers from Staffordshire Police are taking part in a national week of action to tackle rural crime.
The operation is running for seven days from yesterday and Rural Crime Officers, supported by Specials, will be visiting farms, rural communities and businesses throughout the county to offer crime prevention advice, help with property marking and promote membership of Smart Alert schemes.
Stop checks will be taking place on plant and agricultural vehicles, as police gather intelligence and look for stolen property and wanted suspects. They will also be targeting those who travel throughout the region committing crime such as theft and burglary, particularly in rural areas.
Officers will be checking countryside locations for signs of criminal activity, and conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where rural crime such as poaching, fly-tipping and trespassing has previously taken place. They will be working to tackle issues that matter most to local communities, including anti-social behaviour and the unlawful use of off-road bikes.
There will be liaison with partners throughout the week including the Environment Agency and Environmental Health to share information and best practice.
An online surgery begins at 7pm on Monday 7 October where people from our farming and rural communities will be able to chat ‘live’ with specialist police officers about any issues or concerns they may have regarding crime in their area.
To join the chat please visit: https://app.sli.do/event/xxdqryf9 and to follow the activity taking place throughout the day please search #RuralCrime on social media.
In June a new Rural Crime report was launched, created by the Staffordshire Commissioner in partnership with Staffordshire Police. The report looked at the impact of rural crime and was commissioned after a national study raised concerns over the issue.
Read the full report here: https://staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/cms/wp-content/uploads/Rural-Crime-2019.pdf