High-visibility police action planned to tackle rural crime

PC Nicki Tipping at a rural crime roadshow last month
PC Nicki Tipping at a rural crime roadshow last month

Thames Valley Police has announced 100 days of action on rural crime.

Each of the 10 rural local policing areas will hold 10 days – five in summer, five in winter – of activity to tackle rural crime.

The main offences targeted will be hare coursing, poaching, agricultural machinery theft and burglary of farm buildings.

Each of the local policing areas will plan their activities around the rural crimes affecting their areas most.

From September 9 to 14, the Buckingham neighbourhood team will be visiting local schools to talk about wildlife crime and promoting CESAR marking for farm vehicles and horse tack.

They also plan to visit as many farms as possible to carry out security surveys and offer crime reduction advice. A proactive team in 4x4s will be patrolling and responding to rural crime as it happens and targeting known offenders.

Partner organisation Datatag will spend a day patrolling with local officers to offer specialist advice on what to look out for on tampered-with or stolen agricultural machinery.

Ch Supt Tim De Meyer said: “The sort of work planned for the 100 days of action is already happening across the force and will be business as usual from now on.

“These more intensive operations will serve to speed up our progress in tackling criminals who target the rural economy, improving security in rural areas and gaining the trust and confidence of local people.

“This work will also enable our officers to learn more about how the farming community work and pick up new skills that we can use to protect them and catch the criminals who target farms.”