Commissioner Grove praises Farm Watch for cutting crime
East Yorkshire: Humberside police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove has praised the efforts of communities in helping to cut crime.
Mr Grove joined a meeting of Farm Watch coordinators this week and has also visited the Bridwatch group in Bridlington.
In his latest blog on his website, Mr Grove said: "I've had the pleasure of seeing some fantastic examples of community work to cut crime and make us safer.
"In conjunction with the police, the Farm Watch groups are fighting back against illegal poaching, hare coursing and theft of fuel and machinery, all of which are big problems in our rural communities. Thanks to Farm Watch and their counterparts these crimes are reducing rapidly.
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"I hope schemes like this can also be adopted in urban areas along with more Neighbourhood Watch groups as the public are the eyes and ears of the police.
"One such group is Bridwatch. They are a real success story in the area and are making a big difference to drive down crime."
Mr Grove joined neighbourhood policing teams on patrol in Howden yesterday as part of his tour of the region.
He is meeting officers and community groups across the Humberside area.