Northamptonshire is a predominantly rural county with large areas of beautiful countryside and hundreds of picture postcard villages that many people enjoy living and working within. The impact of public sector cuts in recent years has meant that the Police Force may not have always been as visible in our rural communities as residents would like. This has left some people feeling vulnerable to crime. It’s high time therefore those rural communities are given the attention that they deserve. We must tackle the crime and antisocial behaviour that doesn't necessarily always make headlines but does make residents lives is rural areas miserable.
That is precisely why the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission has developed a new sustainable approach, Rural Action, which empowers countryside communities to take ownership of resolutions to almost all issues which threaten the safety of residents, with the support of Northamptonshire Police Force, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue, Northamptonshire Highways and wider partners.
The Rural Action logo has been developed to help you recognise when work is being done to help make Northamptonshire’s rural communities safer
In Northamptonshire we have defined rural crime as:
"Burglary, theft from person, vehicle crime, robbery, criminal damage or wildlife crime that occurs at a farm or farm building anywhere in Northamptonshire or in one Northamptonshire’s rural Wards"
Download Northamptonshire Police’s Rural Action Strategy 2015-18
My aim is to make Northamptonshire the safest place in England, and to do this we need to recognise and understand the differing needs and challenges of our significant rural communities, with almost a third of Northamptonshire's population living in and around rural towns. Not only are we making rural crime a priority, we also want to work in partnership with other agencies, local communities and Parish Councils to ensure that we are delivering exceptional service to those in rural areas. "
Adam Simmonds Police and Crime
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