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Rural residents encouraged to take part in survey


Sue attended a rural crime forum at the Royal bath and West Showground.

Rural communities are being encouraged to take part in a new survey aiming to find out how the police can better serve them.

The nationwide survey has been launched today by the National Rural Crime Network is calling for people who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

You can take part in the Rural Crime Survey by clicking here

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “In Somerset we have a large rural community and many people who work in farming and other rural industries. It’s important that they have a voice and that the police service understands the impact of rural crime on their lives and their livelihoods. This survey will help develop our knowledge in this area and I’d encourage people living in our countryside to spare a few minutes to tell us what they think.

“Rural crime is already the focus of a lot of effort locally with a dedicated rural crime team,  a rural crime forum which many local organisations take part in and a 16% fall in rural crime in the past year. We’re already in a strong position but any additional knowledge from the survey will further help the police in their efforts tackling rural crime.”

PCC Sue Mountstevens and her team will be at the Royal Bath and West Show on Wednesday May 27th between 10am and 1pm. The rural crime team will also have their own stand offering tack marking and crime prevention advice.

If you’ve been the victim of crime you can report it by calling 101 (non-emergency), 999 (in an emergency) or online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

Posted on Wednesday 20th May 2015
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