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Issue:- 17 October 2013

Commissioner joins rural officers during Firecrest action week

CRIMINALS operating in Lancashire's rural communities are being targeted by Police and the County's Police and Crime Commissioner has been along to see the Firecrest operation in action.  Clive Grunshaw joined officers from Broughton Police Station at the Beacon Fell Visitor Centre, in the Forest of Bowland, this on 16 October 2013, to see what is being done to improve rural security and help residents living in isolated communities feel safer.  The community action day; which saw crime prevention advice and information about rural Watch schemes handed out to residents; is part of a series of events taking place across the county during Lancashire Police's week of action.

The Commissioner said:- "Community action events like today's at Beacon Fell are vital to allow residents to engage with their local officers and find out how they can make their homes and workplaces more secure. Rural crime in Lancashire is low, but when it does happen it can have a significant impact on those affected. As Police and Crime Commissioner I am committed to ensuring Lancashire Police does all it can to keep instances of rural crime down, and initiatives such as Farm Watch, Canal Watch and Caravan Watch are important to help officers do that. Firecrest is not just a week-long initiative, there is a long-term commitment at Lancashire Constabulary to tackling and further reducing rural crime and this morning clearly demonstrated the enthusiasm and dedication our rural officers have to achieving this."

PC Chris Banks, who ran this morning's event, said:- "This morning we have been targeting the most rural area on our patch handing out advice, bike locks, shed alarms and promoting the Watch schemes. For us it is fantastic to have the Commissioner along as there is a lot of good work going on in the rural areas in particular to keep crime levels low."

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