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National Rural Crime Survey

The largest ever survey into crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in rural areas has been launched to find out how the police can better serve rural communities. The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on  them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June. To complete the survey, visit

Anyone living or working in rural areas is encouraged to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue; you don’t need to have been a victim of crime. 

Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the survey will assess how crime and ASB, as well as the threat of potential crime, affects individuals, both financially and emotionally.

The survey, which is taking place with support from the Home Office, aims to build a body of information to improve national awareness of crime in rural areas as well as provide a clearer picture of attitudes towards crime to help inform government and local policy.

The findings will be important to ensure the human costs such as psychological impacts of crime are taken into account and police funding is spent where it is most needed, rather than simply being channelled to urban conurbations. The ultimate aim is to make rural communities safer.

The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) is supported by Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and 29 other PCCs and police forces across England and Wales. The Network, established in July 2014, includes a wide range of organisations with an interest in community safety and rural affairs such as the National Farmers Union, Historic England, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June. To complete the survey, visit

For more information on the NRCN visit:

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