Week of action tackling rural crime in Thames Valley

Thames Valley Police urged victims to report all incidents during a week of action focused on rural criminality.

The force rans its ‘Rural Crime Week’ earlier this month, posting key crime prevention tips and details of its activities and projects on its social media channels.

The advice ranged from how to keep machinery and equipment safe to how to protect land and boundaries.

The force tweeted to its 200,000 followers: “Rural crime is an issue for large areas of the country, but it tends to go unreported. It can impact on insurance premiums, food prices and local communities. This week we are focusing on how we prevent and disrupt crime in rural communities.”

Thames Valley Police said it is vital to report all crimes. If it is an emergency and happening right now, call 999.

If the incident has already happened or you have information that does not require an immediate response, call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on the dedicated rural crime line 0800 783 0137.