What is Rural Crime?

A rural crime is a crime that takes place in a rural location and includes:

  • Farm/agricultural related crime: theft of/or damage to plant vehicles, equipment or livestock.
  • Wildlife environmental related crime: animal cruelty, poaching, badger baiting, killing or taking of wild birds or damage of protected habitats.
  • Heritage related crime: theft/damage or removal of articles from historic sites.
  • Rural related crime: day to day community criminality, including violence, damage and theft.

Rural locations are defined by using the DEFRA/Office National Statistics output areas. This includes the descriptors of rural town/fringe, rural village and dispersed

ALL crime should be reported via the 101 system or in an emergency 999

If you require further advice, please visit the Rural Crime page or alternatively contact your local Wildlife & Rural Crime Officer or email :- EMAIL US