A new Officer has joined North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership to help reduce business and rural crime across the areas of Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.

David Rischmiller, formerly a West Midlands Police Inspector with extensive experience in investigations, neighbourhood policing and partnership working, joined NWCSP this week as a Business and Rural Crime Coordinator to work with residents, businesses and partner agencies.

David’s role will be to help the Community Safety Partnership to contribute towards the West Mercia Police Business and Rural Crime Strategies. This will involve tasks such as going out and about visiting local businesses and rural areas and find out first-hand what the key community safety issues are for these communities.

David will also be building links with other established forums such as local business networks, neighbourhood watch groups and rural community groups to look at ways residents and businesses can help each other to reduce crime and improve safety in their areas.

The position of North Worcestershire Business and Rural Crime Coordinator is funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sue Hanley, Deputy Chief Exec for Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils and Chair of the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership said:  “The Community Safety Partnership is very pleased to welcome David to this new role. He brings with him a wealth of crime prevention knowledge and community safety experience and we look forward to developing even closer links with our rural communities and business partners as David works closely with people in these areas to address the community safety issues that are most important to them.”

In 2014, a new National Rural Crime Network was established, supported by Police and Crime Commissioners across the country, including West Mercia’s PCC, Bill Longmore. The Network is presently conducting a National survey into rural crime. David has already made a start on his first initiative in his new role which is to encourage people to contribute to a national survey into rural crime before it ends next week on 24th June.

Rural crime has featured prominently in the media recently and locally partners have taken seriously suggestions from some quarters that attention focused on urban crime areas is at the expense of crime and disorder issues in our more rural communities.

On taking up his new post David said: “I am very much looking forward to taking on this role and utilising my skills and experience to make the most of the investment made into addressing Rural and Business Crime across North Worcestershire. I would initially encourage anyone with an interest in rural crime to take part in the National Rural Crime Survey. This is a valuable opportunity to give your views, aid national and local understanding of the issue and its impact on rural communities.”

The national survey can be accessed here.