Rural criminals in Northumberland have been targeted in a partnership operation.
Northumbria Police joined the North Yorkshire and Durham forces for Operation Jamestown to identify and stop vehicles, carry out visits to remote farms and offer reassurance to rural communities.
The initiative is a regular joint operation between forces and partners which is run across the rural areas of the north of England.
The Environment Agency, gamekeepers, Northumberland Forestry, Farmwatch members and other volunteers also took part in Wednesday’s operation.
Three men aged 33, 32 and 35, were arrested and more than 20 vehicles were stopped and checked. The arrests were in connection with a burglary committed in north Northumberland.
Tynedale West Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates, said: “We know criminals travel to rural areas to commit crime because they think the rural area is an easy target.
“This specialist operation saw increased visibility of police officers and partners both to reassure those living in our rural communities and to deter criminals who travel into our rural areas with the sole purpose of committing crime.
“Northumberland has a successful farmwatch scheme and rural communities, including forest rangers and gamekeepers, are our eyes and ears. We need people to continue to report anything suspicious to us.
“We also want to remind people to take their own crime prevention measures and make sure their buildings are secure and things that could be stolen aren’t left outside unsecured.
The advice is part of Operation Soundwave – a campaign aimed at cutting volume crime and tackling opportunist thieves - which will continue over the winter months.
Police also urging people to register their mobile phones on the free property logging website immobilise.com
Immobilise is the world’s largest register of property where members of the public can register their valuables – anything such as mobile phones, bikes, tools, electricals and gardening equipment.
Property registered on the site can be returned to the owner if it is lost or stolen and recovered by police.
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk
Any information on crime or criminals can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.