Itâ€™s no secret that rural areas present the greatest opportunity for thieves!Â Isolated houses and buildings, less lighting, fewer witnesses and the ease of being able to watch the ownerâ€™s movements, all add up to a very attractive target for thieves.
Add to this the continued economic uncertainty, and those located in remote rural locations are at risk of thieves looking to steal machinery, vehicles, fuel and even livestock.
People living or working in the countryside can take a number of precautionary measures to help cut the chances of being a victim of crime, and technological developments are playing an important role. Sometimes, adopting technology intended for another use entirely might well give farmers and landowners the edge over the criminals.
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) members have come up with some ingenious ways to make it difficult for thieves â€“ from using motion sensitive cameras put into use to monitor bird boxes, to capturing criminalsâ€™ movements using cameras intended for filming urban foxes.
There are a range of more traditional actions that those in rural areas can also take to help combat rural crime, such as installing security lights and ensuring valuable equipment, vehicles and machinery are stored in secure buildings. Â But one of the most effective measures in the fight against rural crime is also one of the simplest: working together with the local community, local police, and Crimestoppers.
A co-ordinated front can help make it much more difficult for thieves to strike and can also help catch criminals after a crime has been committed.
To help advance this co-ordination, we are running two Rural Crime Prevention Days in the South East (at Sparsholt College, Winchester, on 27 March, and in Aynho, Oxfordshire on 2 April). Â These enable people living in rural areas to meet with Crimestoppers, local police officers, Police and Crime Commissioners and security consultants to talk about the latest crime prevention techniques and to help develop crime prevention plans for the future.Â Please visit our events page to find out more.
Support is in place from Crimestoppers, police forces and the CLA. By working together in the fight against rural crime, the protection for those living in rural areas can receive a real boost.