Dave Jones is Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and the national policing lead for Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs.

He has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine about rural crime, observing that: ” The National Rural Crime Network’s recent survey showed rural crime across the UK is vastly under reported, with more than one-in-four not reporting crime. The survey estimated the cost of rural crime to be £800 million a year.

“But it’s not just the financial impact, it is the emotional impact to our communities. We must continue to build on the need for engagement when addressing rural concerns. We recognise that the rural communities are not reporting all crime that occurs, and the police must engage further to break any barriers.”

Read ‘Prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance – working to combat rural crime‘ on page 34-35 of the Countryside Alliance magazine.