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New survey will inform my next Rural Statement, says Ron Hogg

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Rural communities in County Durham and Darlington are more satisfied with policing than those in many other parts of the country, but there is more to do, according to the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey.

The survey was conducted in spring 2018, and 20,000 people took place nationally, including nearly 600 locally – up from fewer than 100 when the survey was last conducted, in 2015. It finds that, in answer to questions about satisfaction with policing, and about preventing and reducing crime, people were up to 50% more likely to be positive than the national averages.

Commenting on the findings, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said “I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to this survey. Whilst the Durham Constabulary area comes out comparatively well, there is no room for complacency. I am working with the Chief Constable to develop our 2018 Rural Policing Statement, for publication later this year.

Ron added “with my staff, I am listening and talking to people in rural communities throughout the summer, including at a number of agricultural shows. This will add to the information which the survey is telling us. We will work through the survey report very carefully and use it to help us develop priorities for reducing crime and improving community safety in our rural areas.”

Notes to editors:

The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey was conducted by the National Rural Crime Network, in spring 2018.

The report of the survey can be found online here: http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/

The National Rural Crime Network has produced ten recommendations, at national level, as a result of the survey:

  1. We need Chief Constables to change the policing of rural communities
  2. We need to do more to understand rural crime and its impact
  3. We need to put that understanding into practice
  4. We need to put more focus on farmers and specific rural businesses
  5. We need to work together on organised crime
  6. We need the criminal justice system to understand rural communities
  7. We need justice to be done and be seen to be done for rural communities
  8. We need to make reporting crimes easier
  9. We need to do more to help rural residents and businesses with crime prevention
  10. We need to ensure victims of fly-tipping are not left to pay the price of others’ actions


For more information contact Jon Carling on 07814 174417 or email pcvc.media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk


Posted on Thursday 26th July 2018
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