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Rural crime crackdown is paying off, says PCC Vera Baird

5th August 2016

PCC Vera Baird QC has praised Northumbria Police’s work with local communities to tackle rural crime but says the commitment to tackling this type of crime must continue.

The comments have been made following the publication of NFU Mutual’s annual ‘Rural Crime Report’, which has revealed the cost of rural crime to Northumberland’s economy in 2015 has dropped 64 per cent compared to the year before.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: “Of course it is pleasing to see that the cost of rural crime has gone down in Northumberland, but the hardwork doesn’t stop there – we need to build on this and I can assure local residents that I will continue to ensure the Chief Constable places tackling rural crime high on the force’s agenda.

“In recent months Northumberland has had some successful police operations involving pro-active engagement by our neighbourhood teams, working with those living in our most rural communities, helping them prevent crime and doing all we can to catch those responsible and prevent further offences. I will make sure this this activity continues and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious, or who has any concerns to contact the police so officers can investigate and take firm action against criminals targeting our area.”