New faces to help tackle business and rural crime

The fight against crime has been boosted with the addition of three new faces to help tackle issues in rural areas and amongst businesses.

South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership has appointed two new business and rural crime liaison officers to offer support and crime prevention advice to those in rural communities and businesses. Clive Parsons will be responsible for the Wychavon area while Ian White has been allocated to Malvern Hills District. The pair will also share the workload in Worcester City.

Simon Thompson has also been appointed as a business and rural crime co-ordinator to oversee the scheme. All three are ex-police officers with more than 70 years of experience between them.

The new team will be responsible for helping to set up schemes such as horse, farm and shop watch, visiting victims of crime to offer advice and crime prevention devices such as alarms and gathering information on suspicious vehicles, people and incidents which can be shared with police.

The scheme is being funded by £200,000 from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore, who has pledged to invest £1.5million tackling rural and business crime.

Some of the money is also being spent on new CCTV cameras which can be used to help catch fly-tippers and other criminals.

The National Farmers Union estimates rural crime cost £890,000 in Worcestershire during 2014 while nationally business crime costs £511 million a year.

Richard Morris, South Worcestershire Community Ambassador for West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "The new team has extensive experience in investigating and preventing crime and will be a valuable asset in developing solutions to drive down crime and provide support to the business and rural communities."

For more information about the business and rural crime scheme, or to get involved in any of the new schemes, contact Simon Thompson by emailing or call  07721 919784 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.