Have your say on rural crime and how it is policed

Have your say on rural crime and how it is policed with Hertfordshire’s first rural crime survey.

Residents and business owners are being asked for their views on how the countryside is being policed and where they want the priorities to be focused.

The consultation can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/92LMX95 in 20 minutes. It is not just open to farmers, but also encouraged to take part are residents who live in or visit rural communities as well as other business owners.

Questions or topics include any crimes that have affected you, was it reported to the police, what police response did you receive and do you feel safe?

The survey is being run by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and the results will be used to formulate his updated Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan later this year.

Mr Lloyd said: “Rural communities are a really important part of the county for both residents and business. My job is to ensure that policing funds are spent efficiently and effectively to keep crime as low as possible.”

“I will continue to listen to ensure those issues which the public consistently tell me are of concern are listened to, and where appropriate, action is taken.

“This survey is the public’s opportunity to help me make a real difference in how we reduce crime and the fear of crime in the more remote parts of the county.”

NFU County Adviser Rosalind David said: “The NFU welcomes this survey and I would urge our members, and the wider rural community, to take the opportunity to comment on rural crime and policing in Hertfordshire.

“Rural crime is a major concern for farmers across the county. Whether its fly tipping, hare coursing, burglary or theft, it all impacts on the daily lives of farming families and businesses in far-reaching and costly ways."