A campaign launched this week by Cheshire Police aims to highlight how the force is tackling rural crime.
The initiative, which will be implemented throughout Cheshire, will be focusing on 100 days of action to try and reduce the number of victims of rural crime throughout the county.
It will involve crime prevention advice and encouraging members of the public to join the policing family as well as getting involved with cutting rural crime through building on the work already done within the community.
Police officers will be attending a number of events such as CEASAR IT – a plant and agricultural machinery marking day, where Knutsford Farmers will join forces with Police to crack down on rural crime.
The campaign comes after recent statistics from NFU Mutual, the leading rural insurer, showed that rural crime cost Cheshire £730,000 in 2014 - a significant increase from the £650,000 it cost in 2013.
As part of the crackdown, police will be attending this year’s sheepdog trials, as well as Peover Angling and Game Fair where wildlife crime prevention advice will be given out. They also plan to engage with the farming and rural community, promoting farming, tractor and machine security and members of the community will be given the chance to sign up for watch schemes.
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.”
DCC Janette McCormick added: “As part of our We’re Here commitments to the community we want to remind those living in rural areas that we’re not just here for our towns and cities. By highlighting the good work our rural officers already do and engaging with the community to help them prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime, we can build on the relationship we have and, more importantly, tackle an issue that has such an impact not only on people themselves but in some cases their livelihoods.”