Half of rural business owners say that crime has a moderate or great impact on their lives. The CLA has highlighted some priority areas in need of an overhaul so that rural communities can be better protected.
- The CLA has urged all PCCs to continue funding the National Rural Crime Network so that research and reporting on the issue of rural crime continues.
- Fly-tipping is a priority as two-thirds of farmers and landowners are targeted every year, with some targeted multiple times a month. The CLA has devised a five-point action plan to combine the efforts of farmers, landowners, and rural communities with the government to eradicate this crime.
- Education and promotion of the Countryside Code - During 2020 and 2021, many people have reignited their love for the countryside. However, incidents of fire, criminal damage, wild camping, trespass, and negative interactions with livestock are on the rise. With greater awareness and education, many of these incidents could be avoided.