New campaign launched to tackle rural crime in Wales

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Posted: Mon 23 Aug 2021

Crimestoppers has called for anonymous information to help protect rural communities in Wales.

The charity is calling on everyone to play their part in stopping rural crime as more and more of us visit the countryside during the pandemic.

Criminal gangs can exploit wildlife, the environment, and local communities in a number of ways – often leaving rural residents often feeling unsafe in their own homes.

In the year to April 2021, Crimestoppers nationwide received nearly 2,700 anonymous rural crime reports.

Although this is a 14% increase from the previous year, the charity says it suggests some degree of underreporting.

Based on its latest claims statistics released earlier this month, NFU Mutual estimates the rural theft cost the UK a staggering £ 43.3million in 2020 and £ 1.6million sterling for Wales.

Crimestoppers worked with Mitie and Neighborhood Watch to help raise the profile of rural crime. They want people to know what it is, why it is a problem, and what the public can do to help.

The association’s 4-week local and national campaign is supported by NFU Mutual, RSPCA, Countryside Alliance, NFU, Openreach, FireStoppers, Link, National Wildlife Crime Unit, Environment Agency, CLA and Angling Trust.

Key themes will focus on wildlife crime, environmental crime and theft, all of which have a detrimental and often overwhelming effect on rural communities.

Hayley Fry, National Director for Wales at the Crimestoppers charity, said: “Our charity knows how damaging crime in the countryside can be: to local communities, to rural businesses, to farmers, to the countryside. wildlife and the environment.

“Every day we hear from people in the know about those who have damaged our beautiful Welsh countryside, but there is so much more we can do. By telling us anonymously what you know, whether you live in or visit rural areas, your information can help make all the difference.

“A team of professionals working at our charity’s UK contact center anonymizes all information received – to ensure that the person giving the details is never identified – before passing it on to the police for investigation. Your voice can really make a difference. By working together, we can help protect our precious rural and rural environment, our communities and our businesses from the damage caused by these criminal gangs. “

John Hayward-Cripps, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Watch Network, said: “With the headlines often focusing on crime in cities, rural crime is easy to overlook, but rural crime is on the rise and is a problem. serious. From hare racing to machinery theft, the impact of rural crime on the lives and livelihoods of victims can be enormous, with victims often remaining anxious in the long run. Together we can stop it.

To report rural crime 100% anonymously, visit the website of the charity and complete a simple and secure anonymous online form or call their UK contact center 24/7 / 7 on the free number 0800 555 111, 365 days a year. In an emergency, always call 999.

Please note: Computers’ IP addresses are never tracked and no one will ever know that you have contacted Crimestoppers. For phone calls, there is no caller line display, no 1471 facility, and the charity has never tracked a call.

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