Police highlight ongoing work to prevent rural crime

Devon and Cornwall Police are highlighting the work that goes on all year to prevent rural crime and to safeguard landowners, farmers, the public and animals in our countryside communities.

Rural Affairs Officer PC Martin Beck will work with neighbourhood teams across Devon and with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for engagement events.

A rural No Cold Callers scheme, in association with NFU Mutual and Trading Standards, will be launched in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset to help combat the issue of itinerant rogue traders and acquisitive criminals who target rural communities and remote farms or business. Further information will be available shortly.

PC Martin Beck said: “We work closely with neighbourhood teams to deliver a range of initiatives aimed at reducing and detecting rural crime, and in turn Devon and Cornwall Police has a range of invaluable partnership arrangements with organisations whose main focus is the rural community and rural business.

“At any time of the year, not just during this week where we focus on rural issues, we would urge the public in our rural communities, whether they are farmers or members of the public, to stay in touch with us and what we do. There are range of methods of doing this such as Farm Watch, Devon and Cornwall Alert and the forthcoming cold callers scheme.”

Farm Watch: www.dc.police.uk/farmwatch

Horse Watch: www.dc.police.uk/horsewatch

Devon and Cornwall Alert: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services/devon-and-cornwall-alert/

Devon and Cornwall Police Rural Affairs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DCPoliceRural_C

During the week and coming weekend the Rural Affairs officers will be working with other Devon and Cornwall Police officers, the Environment Agency and Forestry England on active operations which target fisheries enforcement, poaching of fish and livestock, livestock worrying and off-road riding.

Also, launched last month, Operation Owl continues. Operation Owl is a national campaign to raise awareness of raptor persecution, the illegal killing of birds of prey.

Species such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons, buzzards, red kites and hen harriers are shot, poisoned and illegally trapped, as well as having their nests disturbed.

Operation Owl is a national initiative to help stop this practice and bring offenders to justice.

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