Around 180 vehicles searched after three-day Police operation to combat rural crime
Date of alert:
Thursday, 1 September 2022
Officers stopped and searched around 180 vehicles as part of their ongoing operation that aims to focus on the theft of machinery, in an effort to combat crime.
The officers recognise that the theft has a significant impact on the businesses targeted from both the loss and replacement of the equipment taken to the cost of temporarily reduced activity.
During three days of action, the Rural Task Force was joined by neighbourhood and roads policing teams at Bainton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the lookout for stolen machinery and vehicles.
PC Josh Fawcett of our Rural Task Force leads the operation. He said: “Agricultural and plant vehicles are particularly vulnerable to theft, with assets sometimes stolen to order.
“The total cost of rural crime in 2020 is reported to be more than £43 million, with theft of agricultural vehicles accounting for £9.1 million.”
During the three days of the operation, one stolen trailer was recovered and another vehicle was seized, while a total of 14 traffic offence reports were also issued.