Today’s news headlines state that people living in rural communities don’t have any confidence in the police, and don’t tend to report many incidents of rural crime.
With sentiments such as communities feeling abandoned, the cost of rural crime in England and Wales reaching more than £800m with a quarter of victims not reporting offences, the news reports seem pretty bleak.
However, here in Cheshire, we’re bucking that trend, with our officers reinforcing our commitment to our rural communities, by focusing on 100 days of action.
The initiative has been implemented in different areas across the county and ranges from giving crime prevention advice, to encourage members of the public to join the policing family helping to tackle rural crime.
Cheshire Police have continued with the work already done in the community. Officers in Knutsford spent a day security marking plant and agricultural machinery worth £1million. The machinery included tractors, quad bikes, telehandlers and combine harvesters.
Other activity which has taken place over these first 40 days includes:
• Signing people up to the Horsewatch and Cyclewatch schemes.
• Officer’s visiting local farmers issuing crime prevention advice.
• Rural teams seizing stolen items, for example a horse trailer.
• Tackling drug related offences in rural areas.
• Officers investigating incidents involving stolen cars, some of which have been burnt out
• Ensuring motorists stay safe and don’t speed on rural roads – in partnership with TISPOL
• Investigating theft of livestock which can often have a large impact on rural communities.
Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick said, “As part of our We’re Here commitments to the community, we want to remind those living in rural areas that we’re not just here for our towns and cities. By highlighting the good work our rural officers already do and engaging with the community to help them prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime, we can build on the relationship we have and, more importantly, tackle an issue that has such as impact not only on people themselves but in some cases their livelihood.”
To find out what officers and staff across the county have been up to, follow #100DaysRC on Twitter and Facebook.