Do you think rural crime has gone up or down in Warwickshire? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?
It’s three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey revealed the huge cost of crime to rural communities – both financial, at £800 million per year, and fear, with chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and government.
The National Rural Crime Network produced a series of recommendations and, in many areas, the police took steps to improve matters. So, now, we want to know what’s changed – what is the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities, and the impact it has where you live or work.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “Warwickshire is a predominantly rural county and ensuring the police and other agencies work effectively together to tackle rural crime has been one of my key priorities. There was a good response the last time the survey was carried out and I’m keen to encourage local people to take part and give their views on what has changed since 2015, what has improved and what the key challenges are that still remain.
“I hope people will take a few minutes to complete our survey as it help us to understand what more government, police forces and other organisations can do to support our rural areas.”
The survey is now available on the National Rural Crime Network website and is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.