A police scheme to tackle rural crime was hailed a success after a day highlighting the initiative was held last Saturday.
Beacon Fell Visitor Centre welcomed more than 40 visitors to Operation Fire Crest 3, the latest event following its previous successes.
The day of action for the local community concluded a week-long focus on rural and wild life crime in the area. Rural North’s PC Chris Banks and PCSO Sarah Catterall said they were very pleased with the attendance, despite the bad weather.
Police Commissioner Clive Grunshaw also visited the centre during the day, when people were able to take along bicycles, scooters, mobile phones for postcoding and given information on door and window locks, alarms for sheds and garages. “They were also learning about security as a whole around rural areas,” said PC Banks. He explained that Operation Fire Crest is to continue running local initiatives, working regularly with rangers on Beacon Fell.
It would also be organising night patrols to monitor behaviour issues in the area.
He said: “The main purpose of the operation is to ensure people keep their goods and properties secure and to prevent crime in the rural area.
“It is low at the moment and we want to keep it that way by maximising security.”