Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged his support to the area’s rural community and has heralded the cross border work being done to tackle the often high-value crime.
Barry Coppinger joined officers on Operation Barber – a cross Force response to address and prevent rural crime and reduce harm to isolated communities.
Neighbourhood police officers, special constables and community volunteers were integral to the operation and were out last night visiting farmland, gathering intelligence and raising awareness of the importance of reporting rural crime.
Those living in rural areas are not only targeted by ‘chance thieves’ but also by organised criminal and poachers.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The rural community in Cleveland is not forgotten and while we don’t have a large rural patch, we will not ignore the fact that these people and their properties need protecting.
“Some people living in rural areas can feel isolated and fear becoming a victim of crime. It’s important that we address concerns and proactively seek criminals who want to cause harm. There has been some positive action taking place between residents and police and I’m keen to provide support for this to continue.
“I have recently joined the National Rural Crime Network to share good practice across the country and bring other ideas back to Cleveland.”
Cleveland Police Community Support Officer, Paul Payne, said: “We have had a very good response from the public following Operation Barber and have utilised the resources available to carry out a positive policing operation.
“Intelligence is key in our fight against criminals and I would urge people across Cleveland to pass information to us – no matter how small.”
Anyone suspecting rural crime can contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.
Posted on Thursday 20th February 2014