Message from TVP:

Rural crime is an issue for large areas of the Thames Valley, but it tends to go unreported. It can impact on insurance premiums, food prices and damage local communities.

Rural crime tends to fall into one of four categories: agricultural, equine, wildlife, heritage. It can also fall under environmental crime, which covers illegal waste dumping, polluting watercourses and land.

There are a variety of things you can do to protect your property, land and livestock.

This week we are sharing additional advice on simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of rural crime and to show you the types of operational activity we undertake day to day.

We work with our partners in local authorities and community groups to tackle this issue.

By working together we are able to achieve better knowledge sharing and suitable resourcing to disrupt and prevent both opportunistic and organised crime in rural communities.

Keeping people and property safe from harm is all of our responsibility and members of the public can help by being our eyes and ears in the community

By working together we can better protect our rural communities, bring offenders to justice and make Thames Valley a safer place to live, work and visit.

It can be hard to know whether something is a crime and whether to contact the police or another charity or organisation. It is vital to report all crimes. We need information to target resources and develop intelligence.

Tell us if you think an offence has or is about to be committed. If it is happening now, ring 999. If you have information that does not require an immediate response report it to Thames Valley Police online or by calling 101.

You can report or pass information about rural crime anonymously to the Crimestoppers on 0800 783 0137 or do it online.