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New countrywatch schemes launches

03 Oct, 2018 16:28 News Force News
New countrywatch schemes launches

Sussex Countrywatch scheme will be launched at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Showground, Ardingly at the weekend (October 6/7).

Sussex Countrywatch is a partnership initiative to help strengthen and protect our rural communities against crime by sharing information and providing practical prevention advice.

We know that people in Sussex are passionate about our county’s countryside and protecting it from crime. We are reaching out to people living, working or visiting our rural areas to assist us and our partners tackle rural crime and catch those who are responsible for it.

By signing up to Sussex Countrywatch, subscribers will receive regular updates straight into their email account from police and partner agencies to keep up to date with the latest rural matters. Subscribers are encouraged to report crime and recommend others to sign up, creating a network of eyes and ears in rural communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May, Superintendent Emma Brice and Sergeant Tom Carter will be joined by representatives from the Sussex Countrywatch partnership including West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the National Farmers Union and the Angling Trust who will be at the event during the weekend.

Supt Emma Brice, Force Strategic Lead for Rural, Wildlife, Heritage and Environment Crime said: “The launch of Sussex Countrywatch is key to helping those within our rural communities feel connected. By offering two way communication we aim to strengthen rural policing and increase public confidence in the services we provide. 

“Sussex Countrywatch isn’t just about keeping our rural communities informed about crime but also to give sound crime prevention advice to help people living and working in our rural communities protect their homes and businesses.

“Working in partnership with other agencies allows us to collectively respond to the needs of our rural communities to make our rural communities safer.”

James Osman, NFU County Adviser for Sussex said: “The NFU are really pleased to support the Sussex Countrywatch initiative and we hope our members will value the service it will provide. Rural crime is an issue in Sussex and by working in partnerships we can improve intelligence provided to the police and inform the community of risks, so that we hopefully see a reduction in the overall amount of rural crime. Farmers can work with people who are out and about in the countryside to act as their ‘eyes and ears’, passing on valuable intelligence to Sussex Police.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, said: “One of my key priorities is to make our rural areas safer for residents, workers and visitors. I remain strongly committed to ensuring that crimes occurring in our rural communities are taken as seriously as those in urban areas around the county. I welcome the launch of this Countrywatch scheme which should bolster the confidence of people living and working in our beautiful rural communities across Sussex.”

By signing up to our free Sussex Countrywatch scheme you’ll receive regular updates on crime, prevention advice and become eyes and ears for our rural community.  

Sign up through our messaging service provider In the Know, select to receive messages from ‘the police’ and tick ‘Country Watch’ as an area of interest. This will take a matter of minutes and is free.

Find out more about Rural Crime and our response to tackling rural crime on our website.


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