Police chief’s resolve to curb rural crime is reinforced by visit

Victims of rural crime have shared their experiences with Nottinghamshire’s police boss.

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping learned that one farmer had a loading shovel worth £70,000 stolen from his cattleyard in the same year that two masked raiders broke into the farm’s workshop and buildings and stole a pick-up, fuel bower and tools.

Currently, the same farmer has issues with hare coursing and fly tipping.

During his visit to the South Muskham area near Newark, Mr Tipping heard how others were reluctant to report crimes particularly when there was little financial implication, due to pressure on police resources.

The commissioner and Chief Insp Andy Rooke urged those present to use the 101 non emergency number.

Other issues discussed included the wish for an online reporting facility for crime, which is currently in development, and the need to raise awareness amongst rural communities.

Mr Tipping is strongly committed to reducing rural offences in his 2015-18 Police and Crime Plan. He said: “Crimes such as I’ve heard about underline the fact that many rural issues are different to those in urban communities. Our police are aware of that and have made considerable strides in recent months in tackling them.

“I believe that we can do more through effective use of policing resources, partnerships and community working.”

Mr Tipping highlighted the value of a scheme chosen for Bassetlaw to monitor the number plates of vehicles suspected of being connected with crime - an operation that saw a 50 percent fall in burglary in the Ashfield area compared with the previous year.

He added: “Crime prevention is, of course, always the best solution, which is why awareness and the sharing of information among our rural communities is so very important.”

Thanking the people who had turned out to meet him, the commissioner said that another meeting would be arranged to discuss progress. “When you talk about these things face to face you get a better feeling for the problems and how we can help. Today was a really useful meeting and I’m determined to follow up progress,” he added.

With this in mind, Nottinghamshire Police has designed crime prevention guides for people in rural areas to access via: http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/ruralcrime

Members of the public can also sign up for local email updates via: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/alert which gives access to current offence details and local information specific to individual neighbourhoods.

“They will also be helping people protect their property by target hardening homes and businesses, and preventing and investigating offences that range from theft of livestock, drug dealing and cannabis cultivation to wildlife and environmental crime,” he pointed out.

Mr Tipping also highlighted the value of a scheme chosen for Bassetlaw to monitor the number plates of vehicles suspected of being connected with crime - an operation that saw a 50% fall in burglary in the Ashfield area compared with the previous year.