Image from Sussex Police for their rural crime strategy

Sussex Police have launched a new rural crime strategy, to tackle crime in the countryside.

A network of rural officers has been trained to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said:

“As part of our commitment to keeping rural communities safe and building confidence in the services provided by us and our partners, we will soon be inviting people to join the new Sussex Countrywatch Partnership.

“This will provide the opportunity for those living and working in, and visiting, rural areas to sign up to receive information about rural crime and prevention advice to protect their homes and businesses.”

Sussex Police say they’re working with a number of agencies including the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

They’ve been inviting Sussex residents to answer questions online for the National Rural Crime Survey.

Meanwhile, officers are involved in a national campaign to educate dog owners.

It aims to reduce the large number of deaths of sheep and other livestock.

Other local authorities are also working in partnership with the police to prevent and deal with crime.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“It’s only right that residents know these crimes are being taken as seriously as those in urban parts of Sussex.

“I remain focused on this issue and welcome the fact that Sussex Police acknowledge the recommendations from the National Rural Crime Survey.”

You can find more advice on rural crime here.