Crime has always been a key issue throughout the countryside but has risen considerably further up the agenda of rural concerns over the last few years.
The extent of rural crime is only part of the problem. For many people, whether they have fallen victim to crime or not, the simple fear of crime can have a detrimental effect on their quality of life.
It has been suggested that anticipation of crime has the potential to cause greater harm than the actual experience of crime itself. This is due to the effect of long-term stress and other mental health considerations. This is only exacerbated by rural isolation.
Good rural policing is about far more than numbers of police officers on the ground. If we truly want to tackle rural crime, then we must form effective partnerships between the police, rural communities and other authorities.
Tell us about your experience of rural crime and policing in your village
We are seeking the views of those who live, work or regularly visit rural areas on crime and policing. Take part in our rural policing survey and tell us about any crimes that have been committed against you, including ones that were not reported to the Police. How did they make you feel? Did the Police respond appropriately?
It is important that you make your voice heard ahead of the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections on Thursday 7th May if you want to influence how rural policing is prioritised in your community.
We will be presenting the results of this survey to all of the candidates of the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Elections to ensure that they understand the needs, concerns and priorities of rural communities.
This survey should only take 10 minutes, and your responses are anonymous.
The survey will close on 29 March 2020.
If you have any questions about this survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org