Tackling Rural Crime
By Peter Scorer
Rural Crime is a huge issue that affects our most vulnerable and isolated communities. The latest four year Police and Crime Plan for Nottinghamshire recognises that rural crime is often overlooked with communities like ours losing trust in the police. The Plan promises to "level up" the response to rural crime.
It aims to improve processes for reporting specific crimes such as theft of farm machinery and fly tipping, as well as livestock and equine offences. In addition there is a commitment to a greater understanding of the impact of rural crime.
Surprisingly there will be no investment in a rural crime unit. This is particularly disappointing because the reduction in Police numbers through Conservative funding cuts impacted most noticably on rural policing. With the recent recruitment of more police officers there is a real opportunity to set up a rural crime team.
Police Authority funding through Council Tax has increased by nearly a third in the last five years. Band D taxpayers throughout the County are now paying an extra £59 each a year for policing. Will rural areas benefit?