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Biggest ever survey to uncover true impact of policing and crime in rural areas

Countryside residents in the Thames Valley are urged to make their voices heard in National Crime Poll.

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The largest ever survey into crime and anti-social Behaviour (ASB) in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to find out how the police can better serve rural communities.


The survey, launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), is open to anyone living or working in rural areas and has been organised to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue.


The Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, is encouraging people who work or live in rural areas of the Thames Valley to come forward and give their views on policing in their community and the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours.


 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.

Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the new survey will assess how crime and ASB, 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.


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 market towns, villages and the countryside more generally. 


Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley and Member of the NRCN, Anthony Stansfeld said: “Tackling rural crime in the Thames Valley remains one of my main priorities and I fully support this survey which not only aims to find out more about the crimes which affect our rural economy but will also help us build a clear picture of crime and policing generally in our rural areas.

“Rural crime can include wide scale intimidation of often isolated and vulnerable rural communities and has a great social and economic impact.”

 “I would encourage anyone in the Thames Valley who is living or working in a rural area to have their say.”

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




Editors Notes


The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) is supported by 29 Police and Crime Commissioners 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.


For more information on the NRCN visit: