Police in Dumfries & Galloway step up rural patrols after "spike" in rural crime.

Police Scotland will step up patrols in rural areas including forestry. Credit: PA

Police in Dumfries & Galloway say they'll step up rural activity after what is described as a "spike" in countryside thefts.

Officers will run high visibility patrols across the Galloway countryside throughout the month of August as part of a rural crime initiative.

Remote villages, farms and forestry will be part of the focus and the force is urging the public to play its part.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said, "Officers are asking for help from you, the local community, should you see or hear any suspicious or unusual activity to contact us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress or there is a threat to life.

Officers encourage that should you witness suspicious activity, to note down as much detail as you can including descriptions of person(s):- height, weight, age, clothing; vehicle colour/models/registration mark; direction of travel and any other relevant details.

"A lot of people who live and work in more rural areas think it's safe to leave their property insecure."

Police Scotland

A lot of people who live and work in more rural areas think it's safe to leave their property insecure however we strongly recommend that you protect your property at all times and be extra vigilant".