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  1. Published on: 02/10/2019 05:53 AMReported by: rogerblaxall
    To mark Rural Crime Awareness Week (7-13th October), Lancashire Constabulary, together with the NFU, is hosting an event to raise awareness of what rural communities and businesses can do to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime.

    Some 74% of Lancashire is classed as rural, and policing rural areas has unique challenges, especially in sparsely populated areas.

    A rural crime is a crime that takes place in a rural location and includes:
    *Farm/agricultural related crime: theft of/or damage to plant vehicles, equipment or livestock*Wildlife environmental related crime: animal cruelty, poaching, badger baiting, killing or taking of wild birds or damage of protected habitats*Heritage related crime: theft/damage or removal of articles from historic sites*Rural related crime: day to day community criminality, including violence, damage and theft

    The free drop in session, supported by the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, will be held on Thursday 10th October from 10am at Hilldale Village Hall, Parbold and is open to all who live or have businesses in Parbold and the surrounding rural areas such as Ormskirk, Newburgh, Mawdesley, Hoscar, Burscough and Rufford.


    As well as awareness advice, attendees will have the chance to discuss any local rural issues or concerns with neighbourhood officers alongside a representative from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner office.

    Lorraine Ellwood, Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Coordinator for Lancashire Constabulary said: "We know that for our rural communities, the impact of crime can have more far reaching effects than the value of the items stolen, for example, livelihoods can be significantly affected by the theft of agricultural machinery or livestock.

    "This event gives us the opportunity to discuss with members of our rural communities the steps they can take to protect their homes and businesses to reduce the risk of this type of crime from occurring. We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible."


    Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner added: "Protecting our rural communities is as much a priority for me as it is policing our more urban towns and cities. This is why I continue to support the work being done to ensure officers are specially trained and equipped to address the unique issues faced by officers when tackling crime in rural areas.

    "Rural crime can have a huge impact on victims and I support the work that Lancashire Constabulary do, keeping people safe and bringing criminals to justice."

    Top tips to protect your rural home or business

    *Review regularly your land and property to make sure that it is well-maintained and secure, for example make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good, repair and fit good quality window locks and fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
    *Ensure that all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use
    *Install a visible burglar alarm
    *Make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair*Fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
    *Consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows and openings
    *Make sure gates cannot be lifted off or have their fixing bolts removed
    *Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly

    *Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards


    Additionally, you could also consider:

    *Installing automatic security lights that come on at dusk and turn off at dawn
    *Installing CCTV cameras to watch over the most vulnerable areas of the property
    *Installing a monitored intruder alarm system

    *Installing an entry control system infrared, intercom or keypad
    *Establishing a single gated entrance and exit, removing all private access points that are not in use

    For more information about protecting your rural property or business, visit www.lancashire.police.uk - search 'protecting rural communities'.

    Event details:
    Thursday 10th October, 10am till 12noon at Hilldale Village Hall, Chorley Rd, Parbold, WN8 7AR
     

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