Durham police crime-fighting success thanks to Ruralwatch
Date of alert:
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
POLICE in County Durham are reducing rural crime by working with communities and partner organisations.
Rural insurer NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Report has revealed how the cost of rural theft in County Durham fell nearly 16 per cent to an estimated £365,000 in 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions, increased farm security and rural policing kept criminals out of the countryside.
Officers in Durham work with rural residents and partners to combat everything from highly-organised criminals who target items such as machinery to aiding councils with flytipping prosecutions.
Successful schemes such as Ruralwatch have hundreds of members working with officers across County Durham and Darlington to deter criminals and intercept those who try to commit crime in our rural areas.