How can we help?

The Network is here to help the public, professionals and practitioners to influence policy and practice

We aim to influence people who make decisions about policy and practice, so that rural communities are better understood and supported. An important element of this is evidencing the scale and cost of crime in rural areas through groundbreaking research.

We hold and contribute to events around England and Wales, seeking to highlight the needs of rural communities and bring people together to share best practice.

“Rural crime is not simply a scaled down version of urban crime. The tight-knit, trust-based nature of many rural communities means the impact of crime can be all the greater, undermining profound feelings of personal and community safety. This, along with the drive to focus limited resources in areas of most ‘need’, and the consequential low visibility of police and others, increases the sense of vulnerability and isolation.”Chief Constable Simon Prince – National Policing Chiefs’ Council lead for Rural Crime

If you are seeking to address a particular issue, we are building a database of best practice, which seeks to cover a wide range of topics and problems, from providing support services for people in mental distress in Dyfed-Powys to protecting Britain’s rural heritage.

We aim to help:

  • Members of the public – who think more could be done to tackle an issue in their community and would like to see how other areas have succeeded
  • Law enforcement professionals – who wish to share their ideas and work, or those who wish to learn from others
  • Practitioners and partners – seeking best practice and new ideas on dealing with a particular problem
  • Campaigners and supporters – of rural communities in England and Wales, who are seeking to ensure their local communities are fully supported

Download the NRCN leaflet

Download our NRCN leaflet