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2018 National Rural Crime Survey

  • Published: 18-04-2018 at 16:04

RESIDENTS of rural communities in Lincolnshire are being asked to help shape the future of their communities by taking part in one of the largest surveys undertaken in rural Britain.

The National Rural Crime Survey was last completed three years ago and revealed the huge financial cost of crime to rural communities – at £800 million per year.

The survey, completed by more than 13,000 people, also indicated that hard-pressed young families and farmers were the most frequent victims of crime, with the average cost of those crimes to a household being over £2,500 and for a business over £4,000.

Results also indicated a vicious circle of low expectations, leading to chronic under-reporting, frustration and worry amongst residents of rural communities. The result was increasing fear of crime.

The survey made a significant impact on policing across rural Britain with many forces introducing rural crime teams or dedicated officers and improved collaboration across county borders.

Now the National Rural Crime Network is launching its second survey to identify any changes since 2015 and determine the true personal, social and economy cost of rural crime and anti-social behaviour.

The survey has the backing of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones who was behind the county joining the Network. In 2015 Lincolnshire was not included in the survey.

He believes it could help police, local authorities and Government officials better understand the issues facing rural communities.

The survey objectives include:

  • To understand underreporting – by measuring the scale and nature of rural crime and anti-social behaviour allowing the police and other agencies to understand, cost and respond to the actual demands of rural policing.
  • To determine the extent to which current underreporting of crime in rural communities is masking the true picture, and assess whether this has changed since the 2015 survey.
  • To find out what the perceptions of rural policing are, allowing the police and other agencies to understand the challenge of providing reassurance to rural communities.
  • To discover the extent to which initiatives implemented in response to the 2015 findings have made a difference to rural communities.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It’s crucial that the people of rural Lincolnshire make their voice heard.

“If we are to help our communities thrive and stay safe we need to understand the challenges and what more government, police forces and organisations can do to support the most isolated parts of the country.”

The survey is now available here and is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.