Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has pledged his support to a new website launched by the National Rural Crime Network, along with 27 of his counterparts nationally. The website will enable all forces to discuss rural crime without boundaries in order to help to identify offenders.
Mr Coppinger said: “Although Cleveland is mainly an urban policing area we still have many rural areas vulnerable to crime.
“The new website, launched by the National Rural Crime Network, will enable us to work across rural boundaries and share information with our colleagues in Durham and North Yorkshire in order to combat crimes taking place in our countryside.”
Inspector Dan Maddison, Communities and Partnerships Manager said: “Cleveland Police have an award winning team of neighbourhood officers working in rural areas with farmers, landowners and residents. We are also working with partner agencies such as the National Farmer’s Union and the RSPCA together with other forces across the region on operations and activities to tackle travelling criminality.
“We work closely with the rural community and farming businesses in the area to tackle poaching and farm thefts. We also have Horse Watch, Tees Rural Crime Forum and Cleveland Connected.
“We have been involved with the establishment of the national rural crime network as it is vital that we can learn from the experiences of other forces across the country. This network will be an important tool in our efforts to keep rural communities safe.”
Julia Mulligan, Chair of the National Rural Crime Network and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, is asking for anyone with an interest in helping to keep rural communities safe to get involved and add their experiences to the Network’s new online resource to help tackle rural crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said “The Network provides the resources and platform for practitioners to work together to tackle rural crime. This new website will allow people from across the country to share their experiences, discuss issues and learn from each other without leaving their own communities. It lets people find out what schemes work best, and then get those shared quickly throughout England and Wales so everyone can benefit.
“For the first time, rural crime can be discussed in one place and without geographic boundaries, allowing national trends to be identified and, when appropriate, national policies to be developed.
“This website will provide the latest news, research and opinion, and work is already underway to undertake the country’s largest rural crime survey ever.
“We now want to hear from anyone wanting to make a contribution to make in keeping rural communities safe. The value of this new resource relies on your contributions and participation, so please get involved and share your research and best practice.”
Tim Passmore, Vice-chairman of the National Rural Crime Network and Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk said "I am delighted to see the launch of a brand new website that focuses specifically on rural crime and its prevention.
“Those of us who live and work in rural areas of the country are often quite isolated and by necessity have to do more for themselves to prevent and deter crime.
“This excellent resource will at least help to counter the feelings of remoteness by providing members with up to date ideas and information on how to keep rural communities safe and secure.
“I am really looking forward to working with the National Rural Crime Network to develop the website further.”
Posted on Friday 8th May 2015