Chance to complete rural crime survey

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There is still time for people to respond to the largest ever survey into rural crime.

The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network, is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to give their views on policing in their community.

It also wants residents to outline the impact crime and anti-social behaviour has on them and their neighbours – and help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

Anyone living or working in rural areas is being encouraged to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue.

The new survey will assess how crime and anti-social behaviour – as well as the threat of potential crime – affects individuals, both financially and emotionally.

It will also shed light on the human implications of crime and the fear of crime seeking to explore the impact not just on individual victims, but also communities as a whole.

The National Rural Crime network is chaired by Julia Mulligan, who is also North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

“The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed,” she said.

“While official figures show rural crime, like crime in general, is decreasing, we are concerned about the wider implications on people and communities.

“The fear of crime can be as detrimental to people’s wellbeing as crimes themselves. Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future delivery of services locally and nationally.”

To take part in the survey go to http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/national-rural-crimes-survey-2015.

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