Some 69% of farmers and rural-specific business owners have been a victim of crime in the past year, the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey has found.
The survey also found that 60% of people living in rural communities were ‘fairly’ or ‘very worried’ about becoming a victim of crime in the future.
Some 27% of respondents believed that their local police were doing a ‘good job’, 11% lower than when the same question was asked in 2015 and lower than the national figure from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, which finds 62% of people rate the police in their area as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.
Julia Mulligan, the chair of the National Rural Crime Network and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire said that the survey would be a “wake-up call for those in positions of power”.
She said: “These results are stark and worrying – crime is up, anger is up, frustration is up, trust is down. Those rating the police as good is down. With 10.3 million people living in rural areas, these are trends we can no longer ignore. I will continue to fight for rural communities, who should not have to put up with substandard services just because of where they live.
“This simply cannot be tolerated. Despite the passionate and professional police officers working incredibly hard day-in, day-out, they and the communities they serve are being let down because priorities lie elsewhere. It is incumbent on policing, partners and on government and us all to listen, and to act.”