New scheme to prevent rural crime

Acting Inspector Aidan Hodgson
Acting Inspector Aidan Hodgson

Police have launched a new, innovative scheme to help prevent rural crime and catch people responsible for it.

Officers from the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team are visiting farms and homes as they establish a new crime fighting network called Rural Watch.

The scheme links rural members of the community with a text and email alert system. This allows officers to quickly make members aware of any suspicious activity and also share intelligence on crime issues.

Although the scheme is in its infancy, there are already more than sixty members signed up.