• Stew posted an update in the group Group logo of Rural SecurityRural Security 4 months, 1 week ago

    Borrowed this from Midland Farmer.

    So sad because much of this offending is preventable by adopting relatively simple procedures.

    “More than two-thirds of farmers fell victim to rural crime last year – prompting calls for renewed efforts to combat criminals in the countryside.

    Some 69% of growers and livestock producers were targeted by criminals during the past 12 months, according to the latest National Rural Crime Survey. Furthermore, 60% of farmers are worried about becoming a victim of crime in the future.

    Many offences go unreported, according to the report, which was published by the National Rural Crime Network last month. Called Living on the Edge, the document says rural crime is leading to emotional strain and a loss of confidence.

    Farmers, young people and hard working families are among those most affected and feeling most vulnerable, according to the study. The average impact of crime on farmers and rural business owners is £4,800, which is a 13% increase on 2015.

    Fly-tipping

    Some 57% of respondents said they had seen evidence of fly-tipping in the past year – topping the list of offences. Other issues include farm theft, burglary, livestock worrying, trespass, hare-coursing and online harassment.

    Country Land and Business Association eastern region director Ben Underwood said: “The results of the latest national crime survey are worrying but confirm the hard reality of how people who live and work in the countryside view rural crime.”

    Mr Underwood added: “While understanding that police budgets are tight – we will continue to push for a level of investment and resource in rural policing that better reflects the seriousness of the criminal activity that takes place.”

    Frustration and anger

    The rural crime network comprises 30 police and crime commissioners, supported by a range of rural organisations. Network chairwoman Julia Mulligan, who is police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire, said the survey was a wake-up call for in positions of power.

    “These results are stark and worrying. Crime is up. Anger is up. Frustration is up. Trust is down. Those rating the police as good is down. With 10.3m people living in rural areas, these are trends we can no longer ignore.”

    Only 27% of respondents to the survey said local police were doing a good job – some 11% lower than when the same question was asked in 2015. Decisions affecting national policing – from funding
    to safety and security – should be set against the report findings, said Ms Mulligan.

    “This report needs to be listened to in the future when decisions on funding are being made, we can no longer continue to see funding being sucked from rural areas to urban. It simply isn’t good enough and politicians need to sit up and listen.”