Community safety partnerships from the Royal Borough, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham councils are to hold a conference dedicated to reducing rural crime at the Berkshire College of Agriculture, in Burchetts Green, on Thursday, November 21.
Thames Valley police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld will be opening the conference. He named tackling rural crime as one of his three priorities.
The event will be an opportunity for those concerned about the problem to come together to discuss developments in tackling the issue. There will also be presentations on specific local problems and what police are doing to combat them.
Royal Borough councillor and farmer Colin Rayner said: “As a farmer I have suffered rural crime and I welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of this crime.
“It is crucial that farmers and all those working in the countryside tackle the issues together and show a united front, sending out a clear message that this type of unscrupulous crime will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be dealt with robustly.”
The Royal Borough’s community safety partnership has a dedicated section on its website offering advice for dealing with rural crime including metal theft, diesel theft and farmhouse security.
Advice and more details about the conference can be found at www.rbwmsafety4all.org.uk/rural_crime_csp.htm