New scheme will combat crime in remote areas

Officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are establishing a new crime-fighting network called Rural Watch
Officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are establishing a new crime-fighting network called Rural Watch

Police are launching a new innovative scheme to help prevent rural crime in the upper Calder Valley.

Officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are currently visiting farms and homes as they establish a new crime-fighting network called Rural Watch.

The scheme has been established by Acting Inspector Aidan Hodgson, alongside PCs Kate Picot and Fiona Igo, and works by linking rural members of the community with a text and email alert system.

This will allow officers to quickly make members aware of any suspicious activity and also share intelligence on crime issues.

More than 60 people have already signed up.

Acting Inspector Hodgson said: “Through Rural Watch we are creating a support network between farmers and the police to help us all keep each other informed of any issues.

“It will make sure officers are doing all they can to keep on top of crime issues in the more isolated parts of our area.

“This is not being set up because of any recent increase in crime.

“Large areas of the upper valley are sparsely populated and remote. By creating a better communications network with local farmers, this scheme will allow us to more quickly share useful information and also provide an extra level of support and reassurance.”

For more information about the scheme, visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/calderdale/upper-valley.