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NFU launch Cyber Security Guide for farmers

Posted on January 13, 2021

NRCN-member, the National Farmers Union (NFU), has partnered with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to produce an online booklet to support farmers in preventing and reporting cybercrime.


Captive & Controlled – One Year On: What’s Changed?

Posted on July 13, 2020

In July 2019, the National Rural Crime Network revealed an alarming picture - the truth behind domestic abuse in rural Britain, with hidden victims being found to be ‘isolated, unsupported and unprotected.’ One year on from its launch, we consider what has changed since the release of the report, and whether there has been progress on the recommendations made.


Captive & Controlled – One Year On: Challenging Attitudes & Changing Lives in Derbyshire

Posted on July 13, 2020 by Emily Brailsford

Derbyshire was one of the counties which took part in the 2019 research by the National Rural Crime Network and led to the Captive & Controlled report. For the first time, the differences between rural and urban domestic abuse were recognised in this way.  And so, as Derbyshire, with the exclusion of Derby City, is mostly rural this report was of particular interest.


NFU launch Farm Security Guide

Posted on March 12, 2020

NRCN-member, the National Farmers Union (NFU), have launched a “Farm security guide” to support its members in preventing and reporting rural crime.


Putting the spotlight on domestic abuse in Avon & Somerset

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Superintendent Deryck Rees, Avon and Somerset Police

Between the 25 November and 10 December, Avon and Somerset Police are marking the 16 Days of Action against Gender Based Violence, which began with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


Rural Crime Week of Action in Warwickshire

Posted on October 21, 2019

During the week, as part of the national Rural Crime Week of Action, officers from around Warwickshire, including the new Rural Crime Team - launched during the week, have been proactively engaging with rural communities at events, engagements and on their beat areas.


Pinpointing rural crime with what3words

Posted on October 9, 2019

When it comes to describing where things are in rural areas, things can get really complicated. Many places like barns, field entrances and country laybys have no address at all, and postcodes tend to cover unhelpfully broad areas. 


Staffordshire Rural Crime Strategy

Posted on May 30, 2019

Deputy Staffordshire Commissioner Sue Arnold has published a report on rural crime in Staffordshire and the strategy to tackle it.


Countryside Alliance’s Countryside Clean Up

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Countryside Alliance

Over the weekend of 6 & 7 April, hundreds of volunteers put on their hi-vis jackets and found their litter pickers to take part in the Countryside Alliance’s Countryside Clean Up.


Calls for a Rural Affairs Strategy

Posted on March 15, 2019 by By Graham Biggs, Chief Executive – Rural Services Network & NRCN Board Member

The Rural Services Network, rural services providers and community organisations across England are coming together to call on the Government to produce an urgent comprehensive strategy for rural areas in preparation for Brexit, in light of a warning that people living in ours towns and villages “simply cannot afford to wait any longer for politicians to take their concerns seriously and act on them”.


Improving reporting of rural crime

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Sam Durham, Chief Land Management Adviser - NFU

Concerns have heightened over the last few years on the impacts rural crime is having on the farm businesses of NFU members, as well as on their families and on their communities.


Coming together to tackle Fly Tipping in Dorset

Posted on March 4, 2019

A Multi-Agency Fly tipping Working Group (DFWG) first met in Dorset in May 2018 with the intention of bringing together partners with an important role to play in tackling incidents across the region.


The Princess Royal discusses rural crime

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Dawn Bargate, Victim Support

On 15 February 2019, Victim Support had a very important guest - not only to discuss the very important issue of rural crime but also to meet with staff, volunteers and service users in her capacity as our Patron.


The Importance of Reporting Crime

Posted on January 31, 2019 by The Countryside Alliance

The Countryside Alliance is calling on everyone to report all rural related crimes to the police, no matter how insignificant. Although a simple ask, too often we hear that there is ‘no point reporting a crime because the police will not follow it up’. However, that is simply not the case and in many cases the reporting of the crime has additional benefits.


Help prevent fuel theft

Posted on October 31, 2018

Now the clocks have gone back, the nights get longer and the temperatures colder, one crime that increases is fuel theft.


The fight against Hare Coursing

Posted on October 12, 2018

Hare coursing is against the law but there has been an increase in reported incidents over the past few years. Libby Bateman is an adviser with the CLA and has been working with police and landowners in the fight against this illegal activity.


Conference on Sheep Worrying

Posted on July 5, 2018

The Countryside Alliance recently attended a conference on sheep worrying and report back for the National Rural Crime Network on the discussions.


NRCN at latest DEFRA fly-tipping round table

Posted on June 7, 2018

Will Naylor, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, attended a DEFRA round table on behalf of the Network in April.  It was a well-attended meeting with Heritage England, the Environment Agency, NFU, LGA and many others. 


NRCN at the College of Policing

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Stephen Naylor, NRCN PR & Public Affairs Co-ordinator

The College of Policing is the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales and the National Rural Crime Network has been working with them to discuss our work, hear their views and ensure we are supporting each other's research. Stephen Naylor, NRCN PR & Public Affairs Co-ordinator visited them on 10 April.


Defra outlines its plan to tackle fly-tipping at National Fly-tipping Prevention Group meeting

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sarah Lee, Countryside Alliance

The National Fly-tipping Prevention Group is a group of organisations – including the NRCN – that is  working to prevent and tackle fly-tipping through influencing, advising and raising awareness about the anti-social nature and potential health and environmental damage of fly-tipping. Sarah Lee, from the Countryside Alliance, was there and reports back on its discussions.


Protecting England’s Heritage

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Mark Harrison - Historic England’s Head of Heritage Crime and Policing Advice

Heritage crime has significant impact on rural communities. Historic England’s Head of Heritage Crime and Policing Advice, Mark Harrison, explains the measures being taken to protect England’s heritage.


National Strategic Threat Assessment for Heritage and Cultural Property Crime

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Paul Crowther OBE, Chief Constable & NPCC Lead for Heritage and Cultural Property Crime, and Mark Harrison BSc(Hons) FSA, Head of Heritage Crime & Policing Advice at Historic England

As Members of the National Rural Crime Network, we wanted to draw attention to the new National Strategic Threat Assessment for Heritage and Cultural Property Crime – something which, given many sites are in isolated and rural locations, is particularly important.


Protect yourself from property fraud

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Lynne Feddon, Counter Fraud Senior Executive, Land Registry

As a member of Land Registry’s counter fraud group, I see a range of property frauds being attempted against homeowners. While most of the time we can prevent them, when occasionally fraudsters succeed, the consequences can be devastating for the victims. That’s why I’m keen to make as many property owners as possible aware of what they can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.


Responding to Heritage and Cultural Property crime in Suffolk

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk and Vice Chairman, National Rural Crime Network

Tim Passmore explains his Force's approach and commitment to dealing with Heritage and Cultural Property crime in Suffolk and why this is being prioritized in the local Police and Crime Plan.


Rural Security Research Group – Harper Adams University

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Dr. Richard Byrne, Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB - e-mail:

New inter-disciplinary Rural Security Research Group established by Harper Adams University to promote national and international collaboration


Policing in Rural Areas is Unfairly Funded, writes Tony Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Posted on August 19, 2015

Policing is full of numbers and you may be forgiven for being a little bamboozled by the figures that fly around. The most recent Office for National Statistics figures show that many crime types are falling which has given ministers the chance to reiterate their claim that falling crime means the police can work with less money. I strongly dispute that. Yes crime may be falling in some areas but reduction in recorded crime does not indicate falling demand on police officers.


Working together to keep rural communities safe

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Charles Trotman, CLA Senior Business & Economics Adviser

It is an unfortunate fact of life for those of us that live in the countryside that we can fall victim to crime. It is vitally important that home and business owners take precautions to safeguard machinery, vehicles, fuel and livestock.


Welcome from Julia Mulligan

Posted on April 7, 2015 by Julia Mulligan - Chair of the National Rural Crime network and Police and Crime commissioner for North Yorkshire.

Growing up on a hill farm, and now being the Police and Crime Commissioner for the largest rural police force in the country, I am acutely aware of the blight rural crime can have on our more isolated people, communities and businesses.


Welcome from Simon Prince

Posted on April 7, 2015 by Simon Prince - Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police and National Policing Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime

As the National Policing Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime my role is to give guidance and direction on the development of policing services, akin to the two areas of responsibility, to all police forces in England and Wales.

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