The priorities for increasing community safety in rural communities will be informed by NFU Mutual’s Rural Crime Report, according to Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg.
The NFU Mutual report, released this week, draws on claims data to give an insight into crime in the countryside and helps to identify issues and trends affecting rural communities.
The report shows that, nationally, the cost of rural crime rose by 13.4% in 2017, to £44.5million. The increase in Durham is about half as much, with the value of claims being 7.4% higher than in the previous year. Crimes such as theft of agricultural vehicles and livestock are highlighted in the report.
Commenting on the report, Durham and Darlington’s PCVC, Ron Hogg, said: “This report from NFU Mutual will form another piece of evidence to support the next Rural Statement, which I will be publishing with the Chief Constable in the autumn. I am talking to people in rural areas about their experiences of rural crime and its impact, and I will use that information to set out priorities for the Police, our partners and for my office in 2019.
Ron added “with my staff, I will be seeking further views throughout the summer, by attending a number of agricultural shows. This will add to the evidence base. We will work through the NFU Mutual report very carefully and use it to help us develop priorities for reducing crime and improving community safety in our rural areas.”
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Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2018