The latest crime figures issued by the NFU show that rural crime in Derbyshire in 2015 was slightly down on the previous year but PCC Hardyal Dhindsa says that there is work to be done.
“Clearly I welcome the slight drop, but I am very well aware that there is no room for complacency,” he said today (2 Aug).
The NFU reports that rural crime in the county cost over £750,000 (NFU 1 Aug 2016) with Quad bikes, 4x4 vehicles and farm tools the most sought after prizes for successful thieves.
The PCC said that preventing crime was something everyone could help to do. “I would hope that people are vigilant with regards to their own and others’ property,” he said. “If something appears suspicious please report it to the police.”
Welcoming the NFU’s recognition that energy has been invested in crime prevention schemes throughout the Derbyshire countryside, the Commissioner said: “While it’s true that criminals are demonstrating an increasing sophistication in their methods and there is a growing concern around cybercrime, I’m also aware that we still need to tackle issues such as sheep rustling.
“This is something I have discussed with the force and I am currently awaiting a progress report.
“I’m pleased to see the positive news today, but I think we need to do more so that we work with our rural communities to protect them from crime and criminal damage.”
To view the full report visit https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/farming/initiatives/rural-crime/
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Posted on Tuesday 2nd August 2016