CLA East Regional Surveyor Claire Wright recently attended the Nottinghamshire Rural Crime Forum and reports on some of the key points of discussion.
The Nottinghamshire Rural Crime Forum brings together police personnel, farmers, gamekeepers and partner agencies to share rural crime concerns and experiences to tackle rural crime in Nottinghamshire’s rural communities.
The recently launched Horsewatch scheme continues to go from strength to strength; further funding has been secured and the scheme of issuing horse riders in the county with body worn cameras will now be rolled out into more areas. Riders have been using the new technology and a number of incidents they have reported have subsequently been investigated by police.
The Rural Specials continue to undertake sterling work in the rural community. Since the 1st April 2017 they have clocked up 1400 hours of rural policing whilst the Rural Parish constables have added a further 1580 hours; all of which is unpaid! They work closely with colleagues at Lincolnshire Special Constabulary and have undertaken operations relating to wildlife crime, anti-social quad biking, arson reduction and rural road safety. Recruitment to the rural team is now actively taking place while the cohort are undertaking their training so officers can join the rural beat from the start of their special policing career. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Special Constabulary we can put you in touch with relevant contacts at Nottinghamshire Police.
The police quadbike is close to being operational. The first group of rural officers have been undertaking specialist training which means that the quad can be used in operations to tackle rural crime as well as being a community engagement tool during the summer show season. A video of the first training course can be viewed on the Nottinghamshire Police Specials Twitter feed.
The closed period for fishing on rivers and drains commences on the 15th March and runs until the 15th June. Environment Agency teams supported by the police will be actively patrolling but be vigilant for illegal fishing activity and report anything suspicious to the Environment Agency.
Some members had reported an increase in thefts of heating oil. Police advice is that if you are expecting a delivery then ask the driver to call when they are nearby so that you can have gates open and they aren’t left waiting on the road where they may be easily spotted. You can also consider retro-fitting of tank alarms which alert you should the fuel level drop significantly in a short period of time.
If you have any rural crime questions or concerns or would like to attend the Rural Crime Forum please contact me at the CLA Regional Office.