Rural crime initiative reaches halfway mark Date published: 25th September 2015 12.34pm

Today we reach the half way mark of our 100 days of Action on Rural Crime initiative.

The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of Rural Crime issues throughout Cheshire. For members of the rural community who unfortunately are victims of crime, it can have an impact not only on the people themselves but in some cases their livelihoods.

Rural Crime is any crime that affects those living, working or visiting rural areas of the UK. Serious and organised crime groups are often linked to rural, heritage and wildlife crime particularly in relation to theft of agricultural machinery, hare-coursing/animal cruelty and cannabis cultivation.

Not only does rural crime have a significant effect on the farming community, it also impacts towns and cities.

The initiative has been implemented in different areas across the county and ranges from, proactively policing our rural areas, to encouraging members of the public to join the policing family help to tackle rural crime.

Cheshire Police already work really hard to try and keep members of the rural communities’ safe, and this initiative highlights this good work. Our rural crime officers are working together with the rural community to make a difference and help reduce rural crime.

Some of the good work we have highlighted throughout this initiative has been greatly received among our communities, with a vast amount of appreciation and thanks from the public of Cheshire.

With feedback such as; “Coming from a farming family in Yorkshire, this type of police support would have been amazing over the years. Poachers cost us a lot of money over time. Well done guys”

And; “I think it’s fabulous that you guys are involved in this...EVERY crime creates victims.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer said: “Crime affecting rural communities should never be underestimated and is why I have made it a priority in my Police & Crime Plan. Suspicious or unusual activity should never be ignored. We are calling for members of our communities to work together with us to help provide safer rural communities.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, Rural Crime Lead says: “We are specifically highlighting the good work our rural officers already do with this initiative to remind those living in rural areas that we’re not just here for our towns and cities; rural crime is extremely important to us.

"I am really impressed with the response we have had during the first 50 days. I just want to remind people, the 100 days of Action initiative is highlighting work we do day in day out, and we will continue to support our rural communities in the future.”

To find out what officers and staff across the county have been up to, follow #100DaysRC on Twitter and Facebook.