Countywide fight to tackle rural crime

Rural and wildlife crime roadshow. (s)
Rural and wildlife crime roadshow. (s)

Police are urging rural communities to make security a priority as it continues the fight against rural crime following a week-long crackdown.

Officers across the county have been conducting extra patrols, targeting suspected offenders and making visits to farms and rural businesses to offer crime prevention advice as part of Operation Firecrest .

Wildlife Officer PC Carl Chew said: “The most common type of offences in our rural communities include fuel, scrap metal and vehicle or plant theft, burglary of homes and outbuildings, and offences like poaching and hare coursing.

“These are the type of activities we have been cracking down on as part of Operation Firecrest.”

“We had more than 50 people out and about across the county and North Yorkshire targeting rural crime and we really appreciate people giving up their time.

“Numerous vehicles and people were stopped during this operation, with a number of people being reported for offences from motoring to rod licencing.Crime affecting the rural communities shouldn’t be under-estimated. Criminals, sometimes in organised groups, generally target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings/premises, looking for easily saleable items like metal and garden equipment, as well as targeting quad bikes, 4x4 vehicles, agricultural machinery and livestock.

“I hope our activity, and that of our partner agencies, will send out a clear message to offenders that rural crime won’t be tolerated”