Norfolk police and PCC highlight commitment to tackling rural crime
Tackling rural crime and supporting our communities is firmly in the spotlight with the release of the Norfolk Rural Policing Strategy Annual Report.
The report has been released by Norfolk Police and the Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner in conjunction with National Rural Crime Day of Action on Thursday 8 November.
Chief Inspector Craig Miller said: "Releasing the annual report of our Rural Policing Strategy provides us with a moment to reflect on what we've achieved and the direction we're moving in. It also acknowledges the unique setting of rural communities and the challenges they face, particularly in terms of the wider issues of isolation, Anti-Social Behaviour and mental health.
"Rural policing is part of our core business and communities need a police service that is responsive, innovative and vested in providing a quality service to all.
"Norfolk remains a safe county and as a constabulary, we remain absolutely committed to keeping it that way.”
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “When I was elected as PCC, people in Norfolk told me about their crime and policing concerns and what they felt they needed from the police to feel safer living and working in our rural areas. I pledged to take up their concerns and drive forward Norfolk’s approach to tackling rural crime.
“A key first step was to develop a Rural Policing Strategy for the county, and this annual report now shows just how far we have come in putting that strategy into practice, addressing public concerns and supporting our rural communities to be and feel safe.
“From improving police engagement and access to crime information and prevention advice, to working smarter with partners and using 21st century technology to detect, prevent and disrupt criminality in our rural areas, I’m delighted with the progress that’s been made so far but we must not let up on our commitment.”
The launch of the report on Rural Crime Day of Action has been marked by officers visiting rural communities across Norfolk offering crime prevention advice.
Officers have been visiting local residents and businesses to provide information and support with a particular focus on heating oil thefts, as well as working with Trading Standards to carry out site visits following recent complaints about rogue traders.
Rural churches vulnerable to lead theft offences have also been visited and crime prevention advice provided, whilst officers from the Special Constabulary joined officers from the Community Safety Neighbourhood Policing Team and Rural Beat Managers to carry out visits at scrap yards, boat yards and rural businesses to offer advice, discuss any concerns and provide reassurance.
A copy of the Norfolk Rural Policing Strategy Annual Report can be found here.