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Police and crime commissioner visits Ribble Valley visitor centre
3:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner attended a visitor’s centre in the Ribble Valley to see what is being done to improve rural security and help residents in isolated communities feel secure.
Clive Grunshaw joined officers from Broughton police station at the Beacon Fell Visitor Centre, in the Forest of Bowland as part of Lancashire Police’s Operation Firecrest.
The visit, which saw crime prevention advice and information about rural Watch schemes handed out to residents, is part of a series of events taking place across the county during the week.
Mr Grunshaw said: "Community action events like Wednesday’s at Beacon Fell are vital to allow residents to engage with their local officers and find out how they can make their homes and workplaces more secure.
"Rural crime in Lancashire is low, but when it does happen it can have a significant impact on those affected.
“I am committed to ensuring Lancashire police does all it can to keep instances of rural crime down, and initiatives such as Farm Watch, Canal Watch and Caravan Watch are important to help officers do that.
PC Chris Banks, who ran the event, said: "This morning we have been targeting the most rural area on our patch handing out advice, bike locks, shed alarms and promoting the Watch schemes.
"For us it is fantastic to have the commissioner along as there is a lot of good work going on in the rural areas in particular to keep crime levels low."
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