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Preston and South Ribble’s rural crime roadshow ‘a success’ say police

Posted on - 26th October, 2021 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, South Ribble News
Rural property marked by police. Pic: Lancashire Police

A crime roadshow that visited rural areas across Preston and South Ribble was a success, according to Lancashire Police.

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The South Rural Taskforce’s rural crime roadshow visited villages, key towns and farming communities across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.

They invited farming and rural communities to meet the team, have their farming equipment marked and share crime prevention advice.

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Rural property marked by police. Pic: Lancashire Police

Police focussed on property marking rural equipment to make it easier to trace if stolen. During the week, police marked over 100 pieces of equipment, including GPS units, quadbikes, trailers, chainsaws and tractors.

Rural Taskforce officer PC Helen Williams said: “As a team, we have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the roadshow within the farming communities in our area.

“We have found it a really positive way of engaging with our rural residents, offering crime prevention advice and security marking valuable pieces of essential equipment.

“Speaking to farmers, hearing their concerns and sharing our contact details so that they can get in touch directly has provided reassurance to the community that the task force is listening to them and working hard to prevent crime in this area.”

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PC Williams said rural crime is devastating to farmers and residents as it impacts their livelihoods and jobs.

Police said they are committed to tackling rural crime and keeping the people of Lancashire safe.

The Rural Taskforce launched in March 2021 with an additional 20 officers dedicated to rural communities across Lancashire. The officers provide extra resources to target, disrupt and address crime in rural communities.

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Residents with rural issues can email the task force directly at southrtf@lancashire.police.uk

To provide feedback on rural crime, visit – stayintheknow.co.uk/lancashiretalking



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