To launch National Rural Crime Action Week 2023, The Countryside Alliance has released the findings of its latest Rural Crime Survey:
The most common crimes respondents said they had experienced were fly-tipping, agricultural machinery theft and trespassing. Of those asked, only 34% rated the police in their area as “good” or “excellent”, down from 47% the previous year.
Furthermore, the latest figures from the NFU estimate that the cost of rural crime is £49.5 million, a 22.1% increase year-on-year.
However, the National Rural Crime Network, is reassuring rural communities that ‘new partnerships are being forged between police forces, rural crime campaigners, rural crime watch volunteers, private technology companies and rural communities to make our countryside a hostile environment for criminals.’ The Network hopes to see rural crime teams set up across the UK, to work with the newly formed National Rural Crime Unit.
RSN Chief Executive, Kerry Booth is joining the call for more to be done for rural areas:
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