Herts PCC welcomes launch of rural crime survey

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd has welcomed the launch of the largest ever survey into crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in rural areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The survey is supported by the Home Office and being conducted by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), of which the PCC is a founder member. It is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours and, ultimately, to help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This is an initiative which I strongly support.  It is too often assumed that crime is only an issue in urban areas and that is where most national attention has been focussed.  We have never believed this in Hertfordshire and the Constabulary has an excellent specialist rural crime team supporting neighbourhood teams and intervention officers across the county. This is, however, a great opportunity to learn more about the issues people in rural areas face and improve how we tackle them.”
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.  You don’t need to have been a victim of crime to have a view on how the police work.  You may be concerned about police visibility or response, see incidents that go unreported, or you may have a local officer who is engaged and proactive.
Traditional farm-related incidents, such as fuel theft and sheep rustling, make up just one part of the problem; we need to understand all the other issues that affect people in our remoter areas, as well as in villages and the countryside more generally.
Chair of the NRCN, Julia Mulligan, who is North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, commented: “The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed. Whilst 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, so we are keen to find out more through this survey.
“Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future delivery of services locally and nationally. By completing the survey, people can really have their say on how crime affects them and what they expect from local police and their partners involved in community safety.”
The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June. To complete the survey, visit http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey?member=Hertfordshire
If you wish to contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner you can email: commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk telephone 01707 806100 or write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.
You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.