Today, I attended an event to help raise awareness of rural crime and ways to prevent it. The event was jointly hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Crime, the National Farmers Union and CrimeStoppers and was the formal launch of a new service for farmers, rural businesses and the public could contact to anonymously report rural crimes.
This service will provide a dedicated number, with call handlers specifically trained in rural crime, for farmers, rural businesses and the general public to anonymously report rural crime.
The bill for rural crime is now more than £42.5 million and farmers and their families in some parts of the UK have been victims of arson, vandalism and burglary with many experiencing fear, intimidation and threats of violence. Vehicle theft, hare coursing and fly-tipping are also contributing to widespread anger, frustration and worry within rural communities, according to NFU reports.
The new telephone number is 0800 783 0137 and is available for people to give information anonymously on:
Large-scale industrial fly-tipping
This is an extremely welcome addition to our arsenal in tackling rural crime. This new free and anonymous telephone line will allow people to pass on details of rural crime to our police forces. It is important that people keep a note of this number in addition to calling the police.
The work of the North Wales Police rural crime team is second to none and I know that this additional helpline will assist them in tracking down criminals and bringing them to justice. Rural crime is often forgotten about but it is devastating.
We are all too aware in Delyn of the havoc that rural crime brings to our communities. Be it livestock theft, fly-tipping or machinery theft we have seen it all. The police are working hard to keep us safe but with stretched resources this new freephone number can only be of additional help.