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 click on the below advice sheet; alternatively contact your local Wildlife & Rural Crime Officer or email :- EMAIL US