About this toolkit
People who live in rural areas fall victims to the same types of crime and disorder
as people elsewhere and suffer the same types of problems. These problems may be compounded
by other aspects of rural life; for example, a lack of services, physical isolation
and social exclusion.
There are also crimes that are peculiar to the countryside, such as thefts of livestock
and farm equipment, wildlife crime and mass trespass.
Wildlife crime takes many forms, from people shooting at birds with air guns in
the local park to the more organised crimes of poaching, badger baiting and the trade
in endangered species.
Although evidence from the British Crime Survey
2001 indicates that the level of
general crime is lower in rural areas, the survey also shows a widespread perception
that crime rates in rural areas are rising.
This toolkit must be considered in conjunction with the other toolkits before developing
particular strategies and action plans.
Toolkits bring together information on the latest developments, research findings
and promising approaches. Each toolkit is designed to help partners identify problems,
develop responses and monitor progress. Each will also highlight practical measures
to make communities safer. The effectiveness of the toolkits relies on your help.
We very much welcome contributions and advice on how to improve their content and
approach. Details on how you can help to improve this site are available at "Innovation".