What is rural crime? Many people do not know the answer to this question which is why partners across Sussex are delivering local activity and engagement to highlight rural crime and to disrupt criminals so that the number of crimes committed can be reduced.
Sussex Crimestoppers and the Sussex Police will spearhead this activity during national Wildlife Crime Awareness week – a campaign that the Crimestoppers charity support nationally.
Running from October 19 – 25 Wildlife Crime Awareness week is run by World Animal Protection in partnership with Crimestoppers. The awareness week aims to communicate to the public what wildlife crime is and how they can report it.
Residents across Sussex will not only get messages on wildlife crime but also on crime affecting our sea and rivers, agriculture, equine and heritage. More details on these definitions can be found on the Sussex Police website sussex.police.uk.
Sussex Crimestoppers in conjunction with the Sussex Police, National Farmers Union and English Heritage have produced a great video highlighting the different aspects of rural crime and featuring people that have been affected by it.
John Burke, Volunteer Chairman for Sussex Crimestoppers commented: "Criminals involved in rural crime generally target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings looking for easily sold items. Hare-coursing, poaching and cruelty to livestock can be perfect ways to check out opportunities for further criminal activities. By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, the public can help us tackle these criminal gangs head on without fear of repercussions. Contacting Crimestoppers is totally anonymous online atwww.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phone on 0800 555111."
Sussex Police lead for Rural Crime C/I Howard Hodges said, "Rural communities contribute significantly to the economy through agriculture, tourism and leisure and it is in everyone’s interests to ensure that those looking to cause crime within communities are prevented wherever possible." Howard goes onto say, "It is not just the economic impact of rural crime on communities, but the personal impact that becoming a victim of crime can have within these communities."
Rural Crime Fast Facts
- Rural crime can be perpetrated by opportunists or organised groups of criminals who travel the countryside specifically targeting rural locations.
- Rural crime can cost up to £70 million per year nationally and can result in increased insurance premiums, higher food prices and damage the infrastructure of rural communities.
- Rural crime is known to be under reported. This is due to various factors. One being, that many people do not know what rural crime is and the impact it can have.
Sussex Neighbourhood watch http://www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.
If you see something suspicious please report it by calling 101 or online at sussex.police.uk, you can also report anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org
In an emergency always dial 999.
You can join the national conversation by supporting this week using #wildlifecrime; It’s illegal! See it, Report It and follow World Animal Protection on twitter @movetheworldUK