In The Know- Have your say on rural crime
Protecting rural communities is as much a priority for me as policing in Lancashire's towns and cities. That's why I am part of the National Rural Crime Network and I am backing the rural crime survey.
To make sure Lancashire's voice is heard, I am asking residents who live or work in rural areas to take a few minutes to complete the survey – which is available here: http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/
Previously, the results of the survey have suggested that crime in rural areas is under-reported and I want to understand if this is the case in Lancashire and if it is, why?
Sadly, since 2010, Lancashire Constabulary have had to make annual savings of over £84 million which has resulted in the loss of around 800 officers. This has meant a lot of changes to the way we deliver the service. However, we still need to get a clear picture of the experiences of crime and policing in our rural communities to allocate resources according to the demands across the whole county.
I want to know more about the sorts of crime people are experiencing, whether they are reporting it to the police as well as how they want to engage. I hope residents will take the time to complete this survey to further add to the police’s understanding of the personal, social and economic cost of rural crime.