Police support Rural Crime Week
Rural Crime Week, taking place 6-13 October, is a national week of action, supported by Suffolk Constabulary and is an opportunity to highlight awareness of how crime can uniquely impact rural communities. The Constabulary works across the county taking preventive, enforcement and reassurance action to help keep those that live and work in countryside safe.
Rural crime covers a wide range of issues including vehicle and machinery theft, domestic abuse, incidents involving firearms, hare-coursing, wildlife crime, heritage and metal theft and arson etc. Police recognise that people living in remote areas may feel particularly vulnerable because of their isolation and are working to reduce the chances of individuals and landowners becoming victims, whilst taking robust enforcement action against offenders. Police are highlighting the issue of domestic abuse in rural areas and launching a poster campaign to raise awareness.
Sergeant Brian Calver: "While the county remains one of the safest in the country, we appreciate that policing rural areas does present a number of challenges and that we need to work with partners, residents and businesses to keep people safe and property protected.
"The Rural Crime Team works across the county, supported by local officers who are specially trained in rural and wildlife crime matters. Developing a multi-agency approach we continue to invest in technology such as drones to help tackle those crimes that impact rural communities.
"The Constabulary is also supported by volunteers, on initiatives such as Community Speedwatch to make our rural roads safer, and a team of special constables experienced in rural crime matters who support our policing response to rural incidents.”
Inspector Andrew Martin "This week of action also provides us a broader opportunity to shine a light on rural matters that are less often considered. For example, victims of domestic violence in rural areas are less likely to report incidents and more likely to suffer prolonged periods of abuse. By raising awareness of this in our rural communities we can encourage discussion, offer support and encourage reporting. Officers will be visiting communities halls, local shops and public houses throughout this week to raise this important subject and discuss how we can work together to tackle it moving forward, something that will continue into the future.”
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said, "Suffolk is a safe county and we are very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful place, however, I believe the impact of crime is often greater on victims in the countryside due to their remote and isolated locations, making them feel more vulnerable and concerned.
"The isolated nature of rural communities across Suffolk contributes to victims’ levels of anxiety and distress which is why I am so pleased the constabulary has focussed on domestic abuse as part of this rural crime week of action.
He added, "As vice chairman of the National Rural Crime Network, I work with Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales to highlight the unique challenges of crime in the rural areas and I will continue to do everything possible to ensure policing meets the needs of our rural communities.”