Our dedicated rural crime team deals with the specific crimes that affect our most isolated communities.
The rural crime team includes trained wildlife crime officers who support our community policing teams with their improved knowledge of rural and wildlife related offences.
Rural crime can be broken down into four main types:
More information about each is included below.
Rural Crime Partnership
The Rural Crime Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon was established by Wiltshire Police and is made up of members representing various organisations with a vested interest in tackling rural crime in Wiltshire.
Its purpose is to consolidate local intelligence to make recommendations to Chief Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon enabling them to be able to make informed decisions around preventing and combating rural criminality.
They will also supply ongoing feedback on the delivery of a rural crime strategy in Wiltshire.
The aim of the Rural Crime Partnership is to reduce the number of victims of rural crime, to improve the confidence of rural communities in reporting crimes knowing that action will be taken and to reduce offending and re-offending.
You can follow the work of the rural crime team on Facebook or Twitter. Our Farm and Horse Watch schemes are now hosted on Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. You can keep up to date with the latest news from the Wiltshire Rural Crime team by signing up for free on Community Messaging and update your community interests to receive messages from Horse and Farm Watch.
Heritage crime is any offence that harms the value of England's heritage sites, grounds and buildings such as: To report heritage crime please call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Heritage crime is any offence that harms the value of England's heritage sites, grounds and buildings such as:
To report heritage crime please call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Environmental crime is an illegal act which directly harms the environment.
Environmental sites that can be affected by environmental crime include:
To report environmental crime please call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Please note: Fly tipping needs to be reported to your local council.
Wildlife crime is any action which contravenes current legislation governing the protection of the UK's wild animals and plants and includes:
To report wildlife crime please call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can ask to speak to your local Wildlife Crime Officer.
Operation Artemis is our response to all aspects of poaching in the county (except for fish poaching which is covered by the national Operation Leviathan).
The operation sits under the nationally recognised poaching operation Project Trespass which aims to coordinate action across England and Wales through prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance.
Agriculture crime is any offence that directly impacts on agricultural businesses or locations including:
To report agricultural crime please call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can ask to speak to your local Wildlife Crime Officer.