Police crack-down as crime hits rural villages
Police say patrols in rural areas are being stepped up, to stop a spate of countryside crime.
Villages north of Louth, such as Ludford and North Thoresby, are particularly at risk according to Lincolnshire Police.
Twenty incidents of burglary or theft were recorded in the area last month.
Outbuildings and garages particularly targeted, with quad bikes, mowers, and tools stolen.
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Roads policing units, dog handlers and neighbourhood officers are all involved in the crack-down.
But police are also asking rural communities to be more aware, and take steps to protect properties.
Community Inspector for the Wolds area, Terry Ball, said, “Everyone has a part to play in deterring crime and catching offenders.
“Outbuildings and workshops in remote areas can be vulnerable but there are measures that residents can put in place to improve security and we have a dedicated Crime Reduction Officer who can offer expert advice and guidance.
“The successful prosecution of offenders relies on sound evidence and it is an important part of this process that police can prove recovered property is stolen.
“Security marking your valuables not only deters thieves but helps identify the true owner in the event the property is stolen but later recovered”.