Police in Midhurst and Petworth area hold public meeting in bid to fight rural crime

POLICE in the Midhurst and Petworth area have joined forces with farmers’ insurance company NFU Mutual in a bid to combat the increasing problem of thefts in rural areas.

The growing number of thefts from houses, outbuildings, garden sheds and farm buildings as well as the theft of diesel and heating oil has become a major problem for farmers and householders in the Midhurst and Petworth area over the last year.

The neighbourhood policing team has organised a series of operations targeting thieves and have held meetings with communities where villagers have voiced their concerns.

Now the policing team and NFU Mutual are holding a crime reduction forum with the aim of promoting and increasing security in the rural community.

Among the items on the agenda will be the benefits of joining the farm watch scheme, a presentation by Sussex Police on what officers are going to combat rural crime and information on how to report incidents to police officers so information can be acted on quickly.

There will also be crime prevention advice on how to protect and safeguard property and an open forum where members of the public can air their views.

A spokesman for the policing team said all members of the rural community were welcome to attend the meeting which takes place next Friday, December 16, from 9am-midday in Cowdray Hall at Easebourne.

Anyone who would like to ask a question at the meeting should email robert.dunlop@sussex.pnn.police.uk or amanda_harman@nfumutual.co.uk