Event to tackle rural and wildlife crime

Grampian Police is holding a rural and wildlife crime event as part of efforts to reduce the likelihood and the impact of crime on rural communities in the north east.

It is aimed at those living and working in rural areas of the region.

Rural areas can often be perceived as relatively crime-free, but nationally there is an increasing trend in offences such as poaching and theft.

The event will take place at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre on Saturday, March 23 and is free to attend.

Presentations by Grampian Police Crime Reduction, Wildlife Crime and Roads Policing Units will address these three key areas of rural crime.

However, there will also be a number of key stakeholders to provide delegates with a range of specialist information and advice.

Industry experts in building and property security, countryside access, firearms licensing, species licensing and land ownership sectors will all be there, to name but a few.

Aberdeenshire Crime Reduction Unit, PC Kev Marron, said “Farms, rural businesses and communities may not regard themselves as targets for criminals due to their remote location.

“However there is evidence of an increase in rural crime in other areas of the country especially thefts of scrap metals, machinery, gates, quad bikes, fuel, tools, trailers and even livestock.

“The purpose of this event is to provide the necessary information, advice and essential contacts to enable communities to reduce the incidence of crime in the countryside and ensure the national trend does not become commonplace in Grampian.”

The event will run from 9:30am to 1:30pm and refreshments will be provided.

To apply for a free ticket for the Rural Crime event or for further information, please contact PC Lisa-Marie Dick at Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700, or e-mail: lisa-marie.dick@grampian.pnn.police.uk