Tackling heritage and wildlife crime in Derbyshire
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As part of Derbyshire Rural Crime Awareness week, we’re giving an insight into the work done by our policing teams to combat wildlife and heritage crime.
Wildlife crime is any activity that goes against legislation protecting the UK's wild animals and plants. It can cause pain and suffering to animals, push species closer to extinction and can be linked to other serious crimes like firearms offences and organised crime.
Examples of this would be the poaching of hare, deer or fish, bird egg theft and bird of prey persecution, badger baiting and similar acts of cruelty to wild animals.
Heritage crime is defined as 'any offence which harms the value of Britain's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations' which can include offences such as lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.
Whilst these crimes may often occur in remote and hard to reach areas, Derbyshire Constabulary is committed to tackling these issues with proactive measures and partnership working.
These measures include:
Proactive patrols, including off-road patrols conducted in specialist vehicles by our Rural Crime Team.
Working with organisations to protect wildlife and putting deterrents in place to avoid the disturbance of protected species.
Taking all reports of wildlife crime seriously and conducting robust investigations where criminal offences are reported or suspected.
Targeting known offenders with proactive patrols and intelligence lead Policing operations.
Engagement at local events from Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Rural Crime Team. This includes education on issues such as the illegal trade of animal products, the Countryside Code and answering any queries from the public.
Working with communities to understand the issues that are affecting you, this includes through our two-way messaging system Derbyshire Alert.
If you’re interested in seeing what activity is conducted in your local area, please follow your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on Facebook and Twitter.