Have your say on rural crime
Recently featured on BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow and Countryfile programmes, the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) have launched the biggest ever rural crime survey .
The survey is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) has on them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.
You don't need to have been a victim of crime to have a view on how the police work. You may be concerned about police visibility or response, see incidents that go unreported, or you may have a local officer who is engage and proactive.
Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the new survey will assess how crime and ASB, as well as the threat of potential crime, affects individuals, both financially and emotionally. It will also shed light on the human implications of crime and the fear of crime seeking to explore the impact not just on individual victims, but also communities as a whole.
Any crime that happens in an urban area can, and does, happen in rural areas too, and how policing is delivered affects everyone living and working there. Traditional farm-related incidents such as fuel theft and sheep rustling make up just one part of the problem; it is important to understand all the other issues that affect people in more remote areas, as well as in market towns, villages and the countryside more generally.
Follow this link to find the survey, National Rural Crime Survey 2015.
The survey is only open until Wednesday 24th June, so act now if you want to have your say.