A national report released today (Monday), revealed how residents in Northumbria continue to be amongst those least affected by rural crime but we aren’t complacent.

Commissioner McGuinness said “One rural crime is one too many, whether it be the theft of a tractor or stealing livestock, if it’s happening we must do all we can to stop it.  I want our police officers to continue working with our partners to ensure we do all we can to support those who live or work in our rural communities”.

Commissioner McGuinness added “Crimes impacting on our rural areas will not be tolerated here in Northumbria and we will do all we can to make sure victims feel heard and supported.”

National Agricultural Machinery Crime Lead, Superintendent Andy Huddleston, said how it is important to remain proactive in policing rural crime to ensure communities are protected.

He said: “Whilst the figures represent the hard work carried out across Northumbria, the fight against rural crime is still as important as ever.

“We are not complacent and have regular proactive initiatives to tackle rural crime, including tackling organised criminal groups, FarmWatch schemes, Operation Checkpoint initiatives and speaking with residents and community groups to promote crime prevention and how to securely store and tag property.

“Tacking rural crime is not just about putting offenders before a court, it is about working closely with manufacturers, retailers, insurers and national bodies such as the NFU Mutal to improve security and help prevent crime.

“It is important communities feel protected and supported and we urge residents and partners to report anything suspicious to police. We’re committed to tackling rural crime across our force area.”

To read the full report please click here: Fighting The Rise In Countryside Crime