Police locally are planning a blitz on rural crime over the next few weeks.
Supt. David Moore said: “We are committed to reducing rural and agricultural crime across Northern Ireland. Police want to work towards reducing opportunities for this type of crime by increasing public awareness, working with other partner agencies to identify ways of preventing crime, and targeting and arresting those committing such offences. As part of our commitment to tackling rural crime, we will be conducting vehicle check points and visiting marts and farms.
“Rural and agriculture crime affects more than just those people who are direct victims; it impacts on jobs, the environment and the economy. It is a concern for all of us and I would ask for assistance from the public in providing information that may support us in continuing to prevent crime and arresting those individuals or gangs that carry out offences within rural communities. This initiative is important in helping to prevent crime against the rural community and to build even closer relationships between all agencies, the PSNI and the farming community.”