02 Oct 2019

RURAL crime officers will be carrying out enforcement, prevention and cross border work as part of a national week of action against wildlife and rural crime.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s four rural crime teams will be tackling ongoing issues and targeting criminals across the force area, as well as raising awareness and building on crime prevention messages during the week (October 6 – 12).

Operations will be run jointly with North Wales and Gwent Police, and will cover issues from quad bike thefts and off-roading, to sheep worrying and livestock movement. The teams will also visit farmers’ markets to speak with people from rural communities, giving them a chance to raise any concerns.

 

PCSO Caryl Griffiths and PC Esther Davies

PCSO Caryl Griffiths and PC Esther Davies

Superintendent Robyn Mason, Dyfed-Powys Police’s lead on rural crime, said: “While rural crime is firmly on our agenda as a predominantly rural force, this week of action gives us the chance to take a coordinated and strategic approach to issues with colleagues across the country.

“As well as linking with other forces, our rural crime officers will be working with teams from animal health and welfare agencies, Natural Resources Wales, and other departments within the police to tackle issues, raise awareness and further build on relationships with our rural communities.”

The official launch of the no cold calling zones on farms in Carmarthenshire will also take place in partnership with Trading Standards during the week.

The initiative has been trialled across the county following a spate of thefts and unwanted cold callers, and gives farmers the tools and confidence to report suspicious activity.

Supt Mason said: “There is a risk that cold callers have sinister motives, and could be checking the area for unsecured vehicles or machinery.

“By having the no cold calling zone in place, farmers and farm workers can have the confidence to ask any unwanted callers to leave, and will also have instructions on how to report suspicious activity.”

Dyfed-Powys Police has made significant investments in the rural crime teams since they were established in November 2017, with specialist equipment and vehicles ensuring remote communities can be supported fully.