Farmers and business owners from rural communities will learn from experts about how they can help play a part in crime reduction.
Hosted jointly by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) and Leicestershire Police, the upcoming rural crime prevention event will talk about crime and policing in these communities, and the challenges faced by farmers and businesses.
This will include advice and ideas of how to reduce the number of thefts of farm vehicles which are then sometimes used in ATM raids – a crime that increased across the Midlands last year.
It will also tackle any feeling of isolation felt by communities in rural areas, and reiterate that their safety from crime is as important as it is in town and city centres.
Speakers at the event on Monday 16 April include:
- Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole
- Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach
- Robert Cross, Rural Crime Lead at Leicestershire Police
Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Chair of Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership, said: “It’s really important to us that we reach everyone in the community when it comes to offering help and advice about crime – and that includes those that work on farms or own rural businesses.
“We’re hosting the event in a barn at the end of the working day so people can join us in their muddy boots at a relaxed location, and hopefully really gain something from the event.
“The theft of farm machinery has been a hot topic in the last year, as they are often then used for further crimes – and if this event can reduce this and other types of rural crime, then it will be more than worthwhile.”
PC Rob Cross from Leicestershire Police, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for rural businesses, farmers and the wider rural community to speak to police and statutory partners about issues that affect them directly. From thefts of plant, scrap and livestock right through to rural vulnerability. We’d like to see as many people here as possible.”
Many farmers and rural business owners have been invited directly to the event, but anybody else that would like to attend can book online by searching ‘NWLDC’ at www.eventbrite.co.uk