Introduction by the PCC
The Rural Crime Project for Warwickshire
We have a large number of people in Warwickshire living in smaller towns and villages, where farming and the countryside are focal points for the community and represent major parts of the local economy. Rural crime remains a topic that people frequently raise with me as I go around the county and it’s one of the reasons I have made preventing and reducing crime one of the main objectives of my Police and Crime Plan for Warwickshire.
It’s vital that police and other agencies continue to give rural crime a high priority and I am continuing to work to ensure that is the case. I’m delighted to fund the Warwickshire Rural Crime Project, as I have seen for myself the real difference it is making to help protect our rural communities from crime. The Rural Crime Co-ordinators in particular work tirelessly with local communities and the police to ensure that communities have the best advice and protection advice available. The multi-agency Wildlife Watchers scheme is helping produce valuable information for the police, who also now have specialist Wildlife Crime Officers to help bring offenders to justice.
Through all of these measures I want the message to go out that Warwickshire is not a soft-spot for rural crime. This will help to ensure that we can enjoy all of the benefits our beautiful county affords us.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner