Surrey among forces to take part in country’s biggest rural crime survey 

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DEVASTATING: The rural crime survey will examine how antisocial behaviour impacts communities

By Michael Davies michael.davies@dorkingadvertiser.co.uk

The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), which is supported by 29 police forces and crime commissioners, launched the survey to find out how antisocial behaviour and other crimes impacts areas such as Surrey.

Anyone living in a rural area is being encouraged to give their views as the crime impact investigation gets under way.

It is hoped the results will help to shape better and more focused police services with residents being asked for their main concerns. So far issues highlighted include the lack of visible policing in neighbourhoods, incidents going unreported or not being dealt with or a request for police to be more active in the community.

The investigation comes as crime commissioners continue to warn of falling police budgets and a shifting focus to higher crime areas leaving low crime counties like Surrey facing cuts higher than other places.

Surrey’s police and crime commissioner Kevin Hurley, who is one of those backing the survey, said: “With cut after cut being made to policing, it is vital that we ensure we continue to provide the best possible service to everyone county-wide.

“We would like to hear from those who live in rural areas to make sure that we can understand the issues that you face. This is an opportunity to you to have your say, and to tell us exactly what we can do to help make rural areas even safer. I urge you to go to the National Rural Crime Network website to have your voices heard.”

Chairman of the NRCN Julia Mulligan, who is also North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, added: “The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed. Whilst official figures show rural crime, like crime in general, is decreasing, we are concerned about the wider implications on people and communities.

“The fear of crime can be as detrimental to people’s wellbeing as crimes themselves, so we are keen to find out more through this survey.”

The survey can be completed at www.nationalruralcrimenetwork. net/survey until June 24.

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