crime in Somerset shows small decrease, finds insurance firm
figures released this week show there has been a small reduction
in levels of rural crime across Somerset.
firm NFU Mutual has released its latest figures outlining the cost
of rural crime.
the national figures show a four per cent increase in the first
part of the 2017 in comparison to last year, the local picture is
show that there has been a one per cent reduction in the cost of
rural crime in Somerset.
Mike Prior, Rural Crime Lead for Avon and Somerset Police, said:
"Whilst we are obviously disappointed to hear that nationally
and the South West region is showing an increase in rural claims
in comparison to last year (5.6%), I am very encouraged that Somerset
has seen a reduction."
NFU believe that where there are reductions, it is due to effective
crime prevention by farmers and successful initiatives run by the
police with partners and rural communities."
have been working hard with our partner agencies, the Rural Crime
Forum, neighbouring forces and the rural and farming communities
to reduce crime and it is very encouraging to see this reflected
in a reduction in claims within the force area."
have had some real successes locally that demonstrate just how effective
we can be when we work together. These have included the arrest
of three people for theft after the public responded to alerts we
put out via our Farm and Neighbourhood Watch system; and a farmer
also recently prevented the theft of his flock thanks to gate and
fence alarms he had installed."
are lots of positive new developments in crime prevention equipment
aimed at reducing livestock and vehicle theft. These are having
a positive impact and we are seeing success in both prevention and
detection. So I would encourage the public to keep taking crime
prevention measures wherever possible."
working together, employing crime prevention measures and communicating
effectively we can disrupt and deter criminals."
Killen, who chairs the Rural Crime Forum, added: "The Forum
is an innovative and independent group, which brings together all
the organisations effected by rural crime. We understand first-hand
the impact rural crime can have on individuals, families and communities
and the anxiety and stress in causes."
are pleased to hear that there has been a reduction in the cost
of rural crime in Somerset and we know how hard Avon and Somerset
Police have been working to tackle these issues across the force
will continue to work with them and play our part to facilitate
effective communications and information flow both to and from our
rural communities, which is vital in helping combat crime."
Prior added: "Whilst we are pleased to see this decrease, we
acknowledge that there is much to do. We will continue to target
rural thieves by running on-going, specialist operations and the
Rural Crime Team remain dedicated to working with our communities,
partner agencies and the Rural Crime Forum to disrupt and deter
would also ask that the public keep talking to us. You are our eyes
and ears. You know your communities if you see anything suspicious,
tell us as soon as possible. It might be the missing piece of the