Focus on tackling rural crime

There was coverage of the first rural crime day of action, a nationwide event organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Thursday 8th November.

Police forces were encouraged to use the day to carry out activity, including issuing warrants and making arrests. It followed reports showing that rural crime is now costing the UK £44.5m a year, with crime levels up 13.4 per cent year on year.

Rural crimes include large-scale, industrial fly-tipping, livestock theft, and machinery theft. According to Press Association, NFU deputy president Guy Smith said crime levels were taking a toll on those in rural areas. He said: ‘I commend the National Police Chiefs Council for encouraging all of their forces, whether they are rural or urban, to focus on tackling crime in the countryside and I am confident they will have made this day a great success. However, there needs to be this type of focus all year round and that starts at the top with Police and Crime Commissioners.’

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→ The Press and Journal - Call for rural crime to be year-round focus


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