The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey called on the community to have its say on what it called the ‘true picture’ of issues blighting the countryside.
Farmers have been urged to speak up about rural crime after one in four said they ‘did not see the point’ in reporting such incidents.
The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey called on the community to have its say on what it called the ‘true picture’ of issues blighting the countryside and tell of the local impact of crime and anti-social behaviour.
It comes three years after its findings suggested fear, chronic under-reporting and frustration at the police and UK government was holding the sector back.
Julia Mulligan, chairman of the National Rural Crime Network, said one of the reasons the survey was being re-run was to understand if rural crime had continued to be under-reported.
“The aim of the National Rural Crime Network is to see greater recognition and understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural communities so more can be done to help them be safe – and feel safe,” she said.
“In order to achieve that, we need to know the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour that residents and businesses face.
“The 2015 findings uncovered some difficult truths for all those involved in protecting rural areas and now is the right time to see whether lessons have been learnt.”
Since the 2015 report, 13 police forces have adopted a dedicated rural crime team, six forces have a dedicated rural officer and two forces have introduced cross-force collaboration.
Ms Mulligan said the National Rural Crime Network – which brings together police and crime commissioners, police forces and industry organisations – was focussed on questions including: whether crimes which affect rural workers or their businesses are reported; the impact crime and anti-social behaviour has on local areas; and whether enough is done to catch those who carry out the offences.
“I hope anyone living or working in a rural community will spare a few minutes to complete our survey,” she added.
“It will provide a clear picture of what has improved, what challenges remain and what more government, police forces and organisations can do to support the most isolated parts of the country.”
The survey is open for submissions until Sunday June 10 and results will be published in July.
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