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This message is dated Monday 21st February 2022 - CountryWatch

Alert message sent 21/02/2022 12:47:00

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Many of you will be aware that the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Matthew Barber, has made Rural Crime a priority for all local police areas.  ‘Rural Crime’ has been redefined by him:

On 1st April 2021, TVP changed their rural crime definition.

Offences that relate to:
  • Farms,
  • Agriculture,
  • Wildlife,
  • the Environment
  • Heritage sites - where they are targeted due to their isolation or rural location.
  • Agricultural Crime constitutes any statutory or common-law offence which may be committed against people in agricultural communities, their lands, businesses and property (property includes plant and agricultural machinery and animals such as livestock and horses). Agricultural communities are those who live within a rural area as defined by the Office of National Statistics 2011 Rural Urban Classification to Super Output level and are involved in the agriculture industry.
  • Environmental Crime constitutes an illegal act, which directly harms the environment. This element of the strategy will be largely delivered by supporting partner agencies.
  • Heritage Crime constitutes any offence, which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings.
  • Wildlife Crime constitutes any unlawful act or omission, which affects any wild creature, plant or habitat
He has also set up a Rural Crime Taskforce of police officers, which covers the whole of the Thames Valley, to support the work of each local police force.

The Windsor & Maidenhead Police Area, has created Rural Crime SPOCs from the local Neighbourhood Engagement / Geographic Teams for each of it ‘Neighbourhoods’.

As part of the Rural Crime Engagement Plan, I have been attempting to put together a Rural Crime Roadshow, which will be held at the Berks College of Agriculture on a Saturday in March between 2 p.m. / 5 p.m..

At the moment, I am still trying to put a date together, which suits the Chief Constable – John Campbell and the PCC - Matthew Barber, both of who would like to attend.

The Agenda – hopefully will be:
  • Welcome, by the Chief Constable – John Campbell
  • PCC Matthew Barber - outlining his Rural Crime Plan for the Thames Valley
  • Introduction of the Rural Crime Task Force and their TVP support role
  • Inspector Mike Darrah, the Local Police Lead for Rural Crime in RBWM – outlining how the local plan will be delivered.

Comfort Break:
  • Nick Mayell - from CESAR / Datatag - the property marking and tracking system for farm plant and machinery – what it is, what is available, how it works – how stolen plant and machinery can be tracked across Europe and recovered.
  • Q & A
  • Close the Mayor of RBWM

As soon as I have finalised the date, I will get back to you with suitable notice.

I have to say – Nick Mayell has recently presented and trained all of our local neighbourhood teams, in CESAR / Datatag marking and what to be aware of when out and about on patrol.  His presentation is amazing, informative, common sense that we tend to overlook, simple to understand – and not to be missed.

In the meantime, if anyone has n comments, thoughts about the event, please let me know at my email below.

Currently we are working on a plan to visit every farm in the area, to carry out a Farm Security Survey Assessment and obtain your views regarding to our Rural Crime Priorities.  If you have not yet been visited, please let me know, and I will pass on your request to the appropriate local Rural Crime SPOC as a matter of urgency.

If you have any thoughts about topics to be covered, advice, input – please let me know

Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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