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Get the latest rural crime advice at Citizens' Academy
Raise your awareness of how to prevent rural crime by taking the latest course on Hertfordshire’s online crime advice and education portal, “Citizens’ Academy”.

The website, www.hertscitizensacademy.org launched by Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd offers direct access to crime prevention information and advice with a range of videos and interactive quizzes to help people protect themselves and their property.
 
Following the launch of the website in March, this latest module outlines the crimes that can particularly affect rural communities and the actions we can all take to keep us, and our rural communities, safe.

After initial success with e-learning modules on Burglary, Theft, Personal Safety and Fraud and Cybercrime, the site’s e-learning courses will continue to be expanded on a rolling basis. The Commissioner’s office liaised with organisations such as the National Farmers Union, the British Horse Society and Hertfordshire’s Rural Operational Support Team for their input and feedback on the latest addition before going live this week.

With initial figures suggesting nearly sixty per cent of the sites users are aged between 18-34, particular focus has been given to interactive tools such as YouTube videos and interactive quizzes for users to test their knowledge and then to print off certificates following successful completion.
To date, the site has received more than 2500 visits with nearly 700 quizzes undertaken by users. Further topics on Protecting the Vulnerable and Business Crime will be launched in the coming weeks in direct response to user feedback.

Commissioner Lloyd said: “The question of rural crime is frequently raised with me by the public. I remain committed to ensuring that the concerns raised by the public are addressed by the police.
 
“Citizens’ Academy brings crime prevention advice, education and awareness right into everyone’s homes and to everyone’s fingertips and I welcome rural crime as its latest addition. We all have a responsibility to keep our communities safe, and this website just may give you the tools to play your part in preventing and reducing crime across the county.”

Citizens’ Academy will complement the existing detailed information available at https://www.herts.police.uk/advice/crime_prevention.aspx

Click here to test your rural crime knoweldge on the Citizens' Academy website.