Advice to help prevent rural crime

Police in Larne will be visiting local farmers in the coming weeks and asking some important questions in a joint bid to help tackle rural crime.

Inspector Noel Rogan said tackling crime against the rural community was a major priority for police in Larne.

“We recognise that it is a big source of concern to our farming communities and therefore a concern to us. We also understand that the value of items taken can be significant and threaten the livelihood of rural businesses,” he added.

“In addition to increased patrols and operations ongoing in the rural areas, we are asking the rural community to help to fill information gaps and act as our eyes and ears. It is extremely important that people remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately - we will react.”

Neighbourhood policing officers are also currently visiting as many farmers as possible in the Larne borough area and asking three important questions:

n Where are thieves storing stolen items prior to selling them?

n Where is stolen diesel being offered for sale?

n What is the market for stolen tools?

“The answers to these questions allow us plan our enforcement actions accordingly,” Insp Rogan said.

“We urge members of the community to get in contact with any information in relation to rural crime. Neighbourhood policing officers can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or directly on their mobile numbers as listed on the police website www.psni.police.uk.

“If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”