Joining forces to tackle rural crime
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across the eastern region have reaffirmed a commitment to intensify their fight against rural crime.
Lincolnshire’s PCC, Marc Jones, was joined by his counterparts at Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in signing a Rural Crime Concordat – a pledge to work across county borders to tackle crime issues which affect rural communities.
The Concordat marks a commitment to share intelligence, best practice and work in partnership on major operations.
Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, said:
“It is with absolute pleasure that I sign this Rural Crime Concordat. It is a clear signal to would-be criminals that the combined will and resources of our forces will mean greater powers to protect our rural communities and that historic borders will not afford them any protection.
“Our collective endeavours will tackle issues such as hare coursing that plague our beautiful countryside and, by this commitment together, we are being clear about our objective to directly tackle these challenges in the future.
“Our efforts in this year’s Operation Galileo, in which we have arrested 10 men and seized 7 dogs involved in hare coursing, shows how committed we are to tackling rural crimes and protecting the livelihood of our residents, but it is incredibly reassuring to know our partners are right behind us.”
Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, said:
“Representatives of Norfolk’s rural communities have had the chance to find out what more our police will be doing to address their concerns about police visibility, to tackle feelings of isolation, help them feel more engaged with their police service, and encourage the reporting of rural crime.
“But the rural crime issues affecting our county are by no means unique to Norfolk. Criminals do not respect county boundaries, and that is why, as eastern region PCCs, we are pledging to join forces, work across borders and be united in our commitment to fighting rural crime.”
The PCC for Cambridgeshire, Jason Ablewhite, said:
“Rural Crime continues to be a big problem across the region, threatening local livelihoods, putting pressure on policing resources and increasing the fear of crime within our rural communities.
“Figures from rural insurer NFU Mutual show Cambridgeshire was the fourth highest county for rural thefts last year. It’s more important than ever that we work together to continue to address this threat.”
Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore, said:
“Suffolk is a safe place in which to live, work, travel and invest, but it is a large rural county and this brings its own challenges. Rural areas typically tend to be safer, but I do believe that the impact of crime can be greater on victims in isolated rural locations, making them feel more vulnerable.
“I fully support Lorne’s new Rural Policing Strategy and his invitation for neighbouring PCC’s to work with him to ensure we give our rural communities the focus and attention they deserve.”
The Rural Crime Summit was hosted by Norfolk PCC Lorne Green and took place on Friday 28 October. The PCC’s were joined by the Chair of the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) and North Yorkshire PCC, Julia Mulligan.