Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC is urging rural communities to take part in a national survey on rural crime.
It is three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey which revealed how rural communities were affected by crime.
Here in Northumbria, the police regularly meet residents and businesses who reside in our rural communities, so the National Rural Crime Network (NCRN) provides another opportunity for police officers and the Commissioner to engage with residents.
The NCRN brings together Police and Crime Commissioners, police forces and organisations that play a key role in rural communities – like the Country Land and Business Association, the National Farmers Union, Neighbourhood Watch, Crimestoppers, Historic England and the Countryside Alliance.
The aim of the National Rural Crime Network is to help provide greater understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural communities so more can be done to help them be safe – and feel safe.
The survey launched today and looks at a number of areas ranging from whether you report crimes that you or your business suffer, to the impact anti-social behaviour has on you and your area.
It’s all about making sure the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference to where we live and work – from the Police to Government.
People have until June 10 to complete the survey which is available online.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is a member of the National Rural Crime Network and is committed to tackling this crime type.
She said: “I fully support and welcome this survey which will help address issues and concerns in the heart of the affected communities. Our officers work closely with rural residents and businesses and this survey provides another opportunity for us to see how we can further improve policing.
“Rural crime is very much a priority for me. Northumbria has large rural areas and the effects this type of crime has on communities within them can be harmful to businesses and locals.
“I want to reassure all residents that I am dedicated to ensuring that Northumbria Police will continue to work with partners to reduce and tackle rural crime and safeguard vulnerable areas. I look forward to seeing the results of the survey to help us further this aim.”
To complete the survey and for more information on NRCN visit www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net
The results will also feed into the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Rural Affairs National Strategy for 2018-2021 which is due to be launched later this year.