A PARISH council is to write to Staffordshire Police outlining their concerns over the increase in the numbers of rural properties suffering from burglaries.
The issue was debated at last week's meeting of Waterhouses Parish Council when councillors raised concern over the amount of farms suffering from crime.
Councillor Eddie Simpson said: "There are a lot of properties in the rural area sufering burglaries. If you ring the police they just take the details. I do not know if they even come out. The situation is getting worse.
"There are lots of farms which have suffered some crime, but nothing is being done. Where are the police? "The police have previously admitted that they move officers into the city at weekends. We have not got a lot of local officers."
Councillor Andrew Carr said that around 15 Quad bikes had been taken from properties in the rural area recently.
District and parish councillor Edwin Wain said that members of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's ruling cabinet had recently met with the police commissioner for the county, Matthew Ellis. Mr Wain said: "The commissioner told us that officers are to be supplied with new technology which will allow them to be on the streets more. They will be able to obtained information while out on the beat instead of returning to a police station.
"The commissioner told us that this would deliver more than 3000 hours extra hours per week of officers time on the beat across the county."
District and parish councillor Linda Malyon who represent the Ipstones ward has been fighting for the number of officers to be increased in the rural for more than two years.
She said: "There are simply not enough police covering an area which includes about 20 parishes. Things are not right and the rural area deserves better. We need to go back to the full compliment of six full time officers that were based at the former Waterhouses Police Station.
"The rural area does need more police. We pay the same and deserve the same. The present is unacceptable."
Inspector Jon Ward, Local Policing Team Commander for the Staffordshire Moorlands, said: "Recently we have seen a small increase in reports of rural thefts and burglaries from other buildings, typically barns and farm outbuildings, and through rural watch we continue to keep our communities updated on reports in their area and spread crime prevention messages to help them protect themselves against this type of crime.
"We would like to issue a timely reminder to our rural residents to keep their property secure and security marked. Where possible store valuable items, such as quad bikes and machinery, out of sight and report any suspicious activity to us immediately.
"Be mindful that diversion tactics are sometimes used. For example, we have recently had reports of a white van travelling round the area and stopping at farms to ask if they sell eggs we suspect this is a tactic used to allow them time to survey any property/insecure buildings.
"Officers are on duty 24/7 in the area to respond to any emergencies or incidents reported and they are supported by additional resources from the force's operational support department.
"Together, they carry out proactive patrols of vulnerable locations, checking buildings and vehicles and advising owners on keeping their belongings safe.
"The Staffordshire Moorlands is one of the lowest crime areas in the country and we are determined to keep it that way. We target our patrols to have the greatest effect which is why it is so important for our communities to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.
"We encourage anyone with concerns about crime in their community to contact us on our non-emergency number 101, or 999 to report a crime in progress and in an emergency."