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New scheme to tackle rural crime in Hambleton and Richmondshire
2:26pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A NEW scheme has been launched to prevent crime and actively deter criminals from operating in rural areas.
Countrywatch warning signs will be appearing across Hambleton and Richmondshire – and will be handed out to landowners, farmers and in communities identified as potential hotspots.
Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership has joined forces with police to promote the new initiative, which developed by PCSO Gavin Dobson of the Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team.
“There has recently been an increase in rural crime and in turn this has seen an increase in reports and observations of suspicious activity,” he said.
“Local communities are now taking an active part in tackling this issue with prompt and detailed reports being passed to the police. The warning signs have been created to act as a visual deterrent.”
Partnership chairman Coun Carl Les added: “We are all working together to reduce rural crime which has been identified not only by the partnership but by the Police and Crime Commissioner as a key priority for our area.”
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