Derbyshire Constabulary’s rural crime team has launched a “one stop shop” online hub for locals full of services and supports relating to rural crime.

Users can get advice on issues like livestock worrying, wildfires and theft. It will also direct users to specialised support services in the event that they become a victim of crime.

The hub uses information from a range of organisations that are working together as part of the Derbyshire Partnership Against Rural Crime (DPARC), which was launched in September 2023.

Sgt Chris Wilkinson of Derbyshire Constabulary’s rural crime team, said: “The crimes that occur in rural communities are often unique to their situation and victims, so it makes sense to bring together all the advice and support in once place.

“Our police teams work hard to tackle rural crime, but there are things that people can do to make life harder for criminals, and by taking a moment to read through the advice you could save yourself money, time and stress.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work within the partnership to ensure that our support to our rural communities is the best it can be.”

Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner, Angelique Foster, said: “We are fortunate to live in a safe county. However, our vast rural landscape exposes us to unique risks, and it is important that we do everything possible to protect these communities from criminals.

“Many rural crimes are preventable. The new hub will offer businesses and residents unparalleled information on protecting their property and livelihoods.

“It will also direct people to the correct channels for reporting crime to help build intelligence and bring more offenders to justice.

“For those who find themselves a victim of rural criminals, we will provide direct links to support providers ensure people receive the help they need to recover.”

Foster said rural communities are owed the “best possible policing” to keep them safe.