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Commissioner pledges to get tough on rural crime as new campaign launches

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PCC Paddy Tipping and partners in the fight against rural crime

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has renewed his promise to get tough on rural crime by confirming his support for two new awareness campaigns alongside the charity Crimestoppers.

The PCC joined partners from Nottinghamshire Police, the NFU and local authorities at Thoresby Court Yard on the Thoresby Estate in Budby, courtesy of the Pierrepont family, where he announced funding for a Crimestoppers-led campaign to boost the reporting of crime in rural communities.

He also confirmed his support for a Safer Nottinghamshire Board initiative, to be delivered by the charity, focusing on rural crimes such as hare coursing, poaching and off-road vehicle use.

The Commissioner has provided £10,000 across the two campaigns, which are part of the PCC’s commitment to enhance support for rural communities and channel vital resources into crime prevention in the countryside.

“I’m serious about fighting rural crime and together with our partners I believe we can really make a difference,” said Mr Tipping.

“Too many criminals see our rural villages and remote properties as easy pickings and I want that to change. This means stepping up crime prevention awareness, increasing domestic and business security and enhancing our intelligence resources to make our beautiful countryside an inhospitable place for thieves.

“I’m very grateful to Crimestoppers and the Safer Nottinghamshire Board for confronting rural crime head-on. It’s vital we understand the risks facing our rural communities, but this depends very much upon victims of rural crime coming forward and reporting their experiences and helping us map out the vulnerabilities.”

The Crimestoppers awareness campaign, which is being supported by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Nottinghamshire Police as well as the PCC, will run across social media and Mobile GPS Messaging as well as traditional posters and leaflets.

It will promote Crimestoppers as an alternative reporting line for anyone wanting to give information anonymously about rural crime while also increasing awareness of the various types of rural crime and increasing the safety of isolated countryside communities.

“I don’t want our rural communities to ever feel abandoned or forgotten simply because of where they are located,” explained Mr Tipping.

“At the end of the day, everyone wants to live in a safe environment which provides the best opportunities for our children, families and businesses.  Working together, we can achieve so much more.

“Rural Nottinghamshire has spoken and we’ve listened. We are and will continue to do more to fight rural crime.”

Rural crime lead for Nottinghamshire Police Chief Inspector Andy Rooke said: “We are proud to join the Police and Crime Commissioner in supporting these campaigns to tackle crime issues and boost reporting levels in our rural communities.

“Working with partners including Crimestoppers, the Safer Nottinghamshire Board and the National Farmers Union, we can proactively address rural crime issues, ensure our rural communities are aware of how to report crime, and help ensure they feel safe in the area where they live and work.”

Lydia Patsalides, East Midlands Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said: “There is a view by some that crime in rural communities doesn’t matter, which could not be further from the truth.

“Nottinghamshire has some of the most wonderful countryside and rural communities, and we want to ensure they are not being targeted by criminals, and if they are, that someone tells us who is responsible.

“We all need to work together to help make our communities safer, so if you have any information on someone who has committed a crime in our rural areas, contact us anonymously. In over 30 years of Crimestoppers, our charity has always kept its promise to protect everyone’s identity who contacts us. Please call 0800 555 111 or use our anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.”

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Posted on Wednesday 24th October 2018
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