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Emergency Services (including fire and community safety)

Emergency services provision including fire and rescue services, face particular challenges in their rural communities that can be quite different to their neighbouring urban communities.  This section of the Observatory includes data on these issues and also considers community safety and related issues for rural communities.

Police forces in England and Wales are required to send police recorded crime data to the Home Office. The following analysis takes this quarterly data over the period September 2012 to September 2015, and presents it at the local authority level on a per head basis (using mid year population estimates for 2012, 2013 & 2014). Rural averages are provided for comparison purposes.

Rural isolation and the fear of crime are serious life quality issues that can be addressed by an efficient police service.  The following analysis takes a look at the data for your area.

The statistics on road accidents and the severity of the casualties demonstrate clear differences between rural and urban. 

Deaths from land transport accidents due to alcohol is a particular issue for rural areas. The following analysis looks at this issue and provides an opportunity to consider what might be causing the variances between local authority areas.

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