Fall in rural crime levels welcomed by police

June 09 2015

LEVELS of rural crime have fallen by 16 per cent, figures from Avon and Somerset Police have shown.

LEVELS of rural crime have fallen by 16 per cent, figures from Avon and Somerset Police have shown.

The number of such offences recorded from February to April 2015 reached 187 compared to 223 in the same period last year. Since February 2014, the force has used a different method of assessing the impact of rural crime by recording the number of offences against businesses or properties which relied on the land for a living.

From that time it targeted such crime through the Horse Watch and Farm Watch schemes, running operations against burglaries and by training more offi cers and PCSOs - police community support offi cers - in countryside crimes such as poaching.

Across all the rural beats within Avon and Somerset during those same periods, there was a 5.4 per cent fall in overall recorded crime, dropping from 6,663 to 6,301.