The new National Rural Crime Network website is now live. The formation of the NRCN was originally conceived by the Rural Services Network which acts as a secretariat to the NRCN members. The Network involves 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and their Forces across England and Wales working in collaboration with major national rural stakeholder organisations such as the CLA, NFU, Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Mutual, Historic England, Crimestoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, National Community Safety Network, National Gamekeepers Organisation and the Countryside Alliance, amongst others. The NRCN has been set up to ensure effective sharing of best practice in relation to challenging rural crime and anti-social behaviour that so often blights rural communities. The NRCN ensures through an improved collaboration across all organisations working at a strategic level, that rural crime can be better tackled and minimised as well as encouraging better responses from the public in deploying effective crime prevention techniques.
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News, information and details about rural crime and the Rural Crime Network.


Police must work with farmers to fight rural crime, says NFU
17 July 2017
The NFU is demanding a more co-ordinated approach between police, government and farmers to tackle the rising tide of farm crime. (Farmers Weekly)


Concerns raised over village crime
12 June 2017
Concerns are being raised over the number of crimes in rural areas that are going unsolved. (The Gazette)


End rural postcode lottery for crime response
17 July 2017
A national rural crime task force should be launched by the Government to address failures in dealing with criminals who prey on countryside communities. (Yorkshire Post)


Police to use night vision to tackle rural crime
26 June 2017
New state-of the art drone and night vision technology will be used to combat rural crime and stop criminals terrorising local families. (Lincolnshire Live)


Farmers’ views sought for university study into rural crime
19 June 2017
RESEARCHERS at Aberystwyth University are calling on farmers in the Dyfed-Powys Police area to contribute to a new study on rural crime. (Cambrian News)


Farmers’ union launches new rural crime manifesto
27 July 2017
NFU Cymru has teamed up with North Wales Police Rural Crime Team to launch a new rural crime manifesto at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. (Pig World)


Major rural crime operation against cross-border criminals
21 June 2017
A proactive crime-fighting operation will see police deploy across Scarborough and Ryedale to protect rural areas from cross-border criminals. (North Yorkshire Police)


Staffordshire farmer joins national call for action against rural crime
30 July 2017

A STAFFORDSHIRE farmer joined fellow NFU members in Westminster to call for action against rural crime. (Staffordshire Newsletter)


New rural crime unit on call ‘all year round’ for Lincolnshire
27 June 2017
A team of police officers and analysts dedicated to tackling rural crime is the highlight of a new community safety strategy for Lincolnshire. (Spalding Today)


Much more needs to be done to combat rural crime, says MP
26 July 2017
FEW sights are as upsetting as the prospect of builders’ waste dumped in a gateway, in a wood or on the vergeside, says Ian Liddell-Grainger. (This is the Westcountry)


Twenty-two arrested on suspicion of rural crimes including burglaries
31 July 2017
Police made 22 arrests and seized 36 vehicles in a crackdown on countryside crime last month. (EDP24)


2% decrease in crime in North Yorkshire
20 July 2017
North Yorkshire remains the safest place to live, work and visit in England. (North Yorkshire Police)


Eye-opening experience’ with bobbies on the beat
18 June 2017
Dwyfor and Meirionnydd’s newly re-elected MP has worked alongside bobbies on the beat to get a better understanding of policing in north Wales. (Cambrian News)


Police tackling higher rates of organised crime
30 June 2017
North Wales Police are involved in tackling a higher concentration of organised crime than all but five other police forces in the UK. (Daily Post)


Text alert leads to arrest of suspected thieves
14 June 2017
Police have thanked the public for their help after pleas for information led to the arrest of two suspects. (Derbyshire Times)

The cost of rural crime in the UK has risen to £42m according to NFU Mutual, with the theft of quad bikes, diesel and animals all contributing.

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