Kick Rural Crime Out of Dorset campaign recognised by National Farmers Union award

Chair Russell Oaten received the award at the NFU ceremony and was keen to thank all of the members of the Dorset Crimestoppers Volunteer team. He stressed the importance of the campaign, which highlighted the ways in which vigilance and cooperation can help reduce and defeat the criminals in the rural community.

The campaign was instigated and led by Inspector Les Fry of Dorchester Police, with huge amounts of help and participation from the staff of Kingston Maurward - where large events were held in 2013 and 2014 in the college and its grounds. Many members of the business and farming industry, local authorities, Police, Fire and Rescue and many other organisations were invited to attend as visitors and to organise their own displays.

 

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The many informative and helpful stands and company staff were able to give advice and assistance to people and rural businesses in order to boost security, prevent possible crimes and in general make life more difficult for the criminals.

In addition, speakers gave talks on many and various subjects, all related to reducing crime and catching criminals.

The focus on safety, security and ways to avoid and deter criminal intent featured prominently, and Crimestoppers has subsequently taken those messages to the County Shows and many talks to groups, clubs and associations throughout Dorset

The message is clear.

If you see or hear anything suspicious or believe a crime is taking place or being planned:

phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and join the campaign to kick crime out of Dorset.

If you're a member of any group, association or club which would like to hear more about the way Crimestoppers can help you, please email davidtharby@yahoo.co.uk to arrange for a speaker to come and address your group.