Thames Valley Police Enhance Efforts to Combat Rural Crime with New Equipment and Partnerships

Rural Crime Prevention (thinkific.com)

Thames Valley Police’s Rural Crime Taskforce is set to enhance its operations with off-road bikes and covert cameras, aimed at targeting criminals in hard-to-reach areas.

In collaboration with farmers, the taskforce will work on improving farm security. Farms can sign up for security checks and will receive DNA marking kits for agricultural machinery, which include property-marking labels to deter theft.

New surveillance equipment will also be acquired to assist district councils in catching fly-tippers and addressing hotspot areas.

A newly appointed rural crime advisor will focus on promoting rural crime prevention and engaging with rural communities, industries, farms, and organisations such as Young Farmers and Insurance Companies.

Matthew Barber, the police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, expressed his satisfaction in securing over £150,000 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund to combat rural crime. He emphasised that rural crime significantly impacts victims and leaves isolated communities feeling vulnerable. The new Rural Crime Partnership, facilitating collaboration between Thames Valley Police and local councils, aims to boost the confidence and security of farms and rural industries across West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire, and the Vale of White Horse, making them less attractive targets for criminals.

Chief Inspector Rachel Patterson, deputy LPA commander for South and Vale and project lead, highlighted that the funding will significantly aid in tackling rural crime. She noted that the strong connection between the Rural Crime Advisor and farms, combined with the use of DNA marker kits, will send a clear message that Thames Valley is determined to combat rural crime and support its rural communities.

Rural Crime Prevention (thinkific.com)