Lincolnshire Police’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick says the message is out - Lincolnshire is no longer a soft touch for organised criminals.
Mr Hardwick, speaking to the Journal on a visit to Grantham Police Station on Friday, said criminals have travelled to the county in the past in the belief it was easier to commit crime than elsewhere.
However, Mr Hardwick says that recent successes will help keep these criminals away.
He said: “Increasingly we are being targetted by gangs of well-organised criminals coming here from other parts of the country with the mistaken perception that Lincolnshire is a soft touch and I can tell you that Lincolnshire is reacting in a way that will convince these people that it is no longer a soft touch.
“We have had targetted operations that have already had tremendous success with, for instance, hare-coursing.
“These people now know Lincolnshire is a place to avoid.”
Mr Hardwick campaigned on his pledge to secure increased funding for rural forces like Lincolnshire.