The Banbury Rural Neighbourhood police team will be carrying out an action week to tackle rural crime.
The initiative, to run from Wednesday, April 23 to Monday, April 28, aims to combat rural crime with increased visibility patrols.
The team also intends to deliver key crime prevention advice that members of rural communities can follow to help prevent themselves becoming victims of crime.
In addition to normal policing activities, the neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out a series of farm visits, door knocks in rural areas and offering tack marking and tool and bike security marking at a series of crime prevention and reduction events. Officers will also carry out high visibility patrols and operational activities to target known offenders.
Sergeant Rebecca Fishwick said: “We will be aiming to deter, disrupt and prevent rural crime offences and inform communities of how best to protect themselves from rural crime.
“We are also keen to improve confidence in the rural communities to ensure any suspicious activity is reported to police so that we may act on information at the earliest opportunity.
“During this week there will be a particular focus on farm security, crime prevention and reduction advice, security marking horse tack, bikes and tools and protecting and marking agricultural machinery. The neighbourhood officers will be patrolling the local area and carrying out door knocks throughout the week.
“Please feel free to pop along and visit the team at these events to find out more about how you can improve your home and outbuilding security and take advantage of the free security marking services.
“These events are also a great opportunity for residents from the local area to meet their neighbourhood officers and discuss any matters of concern.”
The team will be at FN Piles and Sons Farm Supplies, Fir Tree Farm, Warmington, from 9am-noon on Thursday, April 24 and at Deddington Farmers’ Market on Saturday, April 26 from 9am-noon.
Officers will also be at PA Turney in Middleton Stoney on Wednesday, April 23 from 9am-noon and at Wyevale Garden Centre in Bicester from 10am-3pm on Sunday, April 27.