Crimestoppers is asking the public to give information anonymously about rural crime in Northern Ireland.
Crime affecting rural communities can have a knock-on effect on all of us. Criminals can target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings. By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, raising awareness of the signs of rural crime and urging the public to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, we can tackle these criminal gangs head on.
Helping to stamp out rural crime
What is rural crime?
- All types of theft involving vehicles, machinery, equipment, metal, fuel and livestock.
- Break-ins to farms, homes and business premises.
- Crimes against livestock.
- Illegal wastes sites and dumping.
What can you do?
Our campaign is supported by Rural Crime Partnership, which includes the Department of Justice, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Ulster Farmers’ Union, Department of Agricultural, Environment and Rural Affairs, NFU Mutual and Young Farmers’ Clubs, as well as the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSP).
Rural crime should not be underestimated; it can have a significant impact on victims, and the economic losses caused by theft of property can have far-reaching consequences for individuals, businesses and the economy. Information received from Crimestoppers will be combined with intelligence from other sources to build a more detailed picture of rural crime in Northern Ireland, driving further focused prevention, investigation and enforcement activity by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Rural Crime Partnership and our partners and rural communities.
So, if you have information about crime in rural areas: