Wolvey tackling rural crime with new status

PC Stuart Baker with one of the anti-theft signs at the entrance to Wolvey NNL-170420-161538001
PC Stuart Baker with one of the anti-theft signs at the entrance to Wolvey NNL-170420-161538001

Residents in Wolvey are taking the fight to rural criminals with a range of initiatives supported by police.

Wolvey has been given ‘supported village’ status meaning villagers are demonstrating their community is not an easy target for crime.

(L-R) Chief Inspector Neil Harrison, PC Stuart Baker, Wolvey Parish Council clerk Jackie Essex, parish council vice chairman John Hawkins, rural crime coordinator for North Warwickshire Carol Cotterill with the crime prevention toolbox NNL-170420-161619001

(L-R) Chief Inspector Neil Harrison, PC Stuart Baker, Wolvey Parish Council clerk Jackie Essex, parish council vice chairman John Hawkins, rural crime coordinator for North Warwickshire Carol Cotterill with the crime prevention toolbox NNL-170420-161619001

Dozens of property has been marked, residents are more clued up on how to prevent crime and advice is being given by police officers on how to protect themselves.

PC Stuart Baker from the Rugby Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I am delighted that Wolvey is to become the first community on our SNT area to gain supported village status.

“Over the past nine months, the team have been working hard with the local community to bring this initiative to fruition.

“This sends out a clear message that property in Wolvey is marked to deter against theft and communities are working closely with police to make Wolvey an unattractive opportunity for criminals.”

Over the past year, parish councillors have been working with PC Baker, North Warwickshire’s rural crime co-ordinator Carol Cotterill and other members of the police team to provide security advice across the whole village.

Several property marking days have been held where villagers could bring along equipment and valuables, while community locations such as the church, allotments and cricket club have all also been proactively targeted with crime prevention measures.

Signage is provided to all properties where security marking has taken place and additional ‘thieves beware’ signs have also been put on the entrances to Wolvey.

“From when I made the original presentation on the work of the Rural Crime Project and the ‘supported villages’ scheme 12 months ago at the parish council AGM, the parish council and community of Wolvey have been fully behind the initiative and worked with the team to provide information and support the events we have held,” Ms Cotterill said.

To mark its new status, Wolvey Parish Council was presented with a crime prevention toolbox by Chief Inspector Neil Harrison.

The toolbox includes CRE-Mark overt security marking kits, UV and permanent markers, gates signs, stickers and crime prevention leaflets on a variety of topics for anyone in the community who wants to have items marked in future.

Parish council clerk Jackie Essex said: “This kit means that people in Wolvey can now have any new items security marked at any time, instead of having to wait for organised events.

“This is an example of local communities, Warwickshire Police and the Rural Crime Project, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, working together to fight against rural crime”.

Wolvey becomes the third village in Rugby borough to join the ‘supported villages’ scheme after Binley Woods and Willoughby, with three others in the north of the county also protected.

A further three villages are also working with their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Carol to become part of the project.

Run through the Warwickshire Rural Crime Project and funded by Warwickshire police and crime commissioner Philip Seccombe, the programme aims to help communities with proactive crime prevention, providing a sustainable scheme which can then be maintained by the community.

For more information about tackling rural crime, visit the Warwickshire Rural Watch website: www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk.