Multi agency effort to tackle rural crime


​Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is tackling rural crime in Nottinghamshire alongside Nottinghamshire Police by educating farmers and rural communities as part of Operation Bifocal.

Members of the Service’s Prevention team as well as firefighters from across the county have been out visiting farmers across two days (Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May) highlighting the dangers they face from rural criminals and how best to protect themselves and their livelihood.

Operation Bifocal aims to reduce the number of rural fires across Nottinghamshire by providing safety advice to those identified as being at risk from arson attack.

As part of the visits, which are being carried out across two days, the crews will also be on the lookout for those people who may be at risk from fires and criminals operating in rural communities.

Each year the county’s emergency services find themselves jointly responding to reports of deliberate ignition and it’s hoped that these numbers can be reduced through education, awareness and enforcement.

Graham Picker, Crew Manager in Prevention said: “Over the next few weeks we will be working hard as part of the Focus on Farms campaign with the intention to reduce the number of incidents that can have a considerable affect upon our rural communities.

“This time of year is ideal to engage with Farmers ahead of the warmer season and give advice about related incidents such as stack fires.

“Our Police partners will be checking not only the security of agricultural premises but also carrying out vehicle checks and giving individuals the opportunity to receive prevention advice.”

To find out more about how you can keep you and your business safe in the countryside, click here.

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