Ru­ral crime crack­down

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

WE hear a lot about the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of crime on peo­ple liv­ing in ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties that are tar­geted fre­quently, but less about crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in ru­ral lo­ca­tions.

How­ever, as a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer pointed out, vic­tims in the coun­try­side of­ten feel more vul­ner­a­ble than other ar­eas af­ter crimes take place.

Now a new ini­tia­tive is be­ing launched to­day at the Royal North­ern Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety show in In­verurie to fight back.

A part­ner­ship of po­lice, an­i­mal char­i­ties and lo­cal coun­cils has been formed in the north-east to fight crime and im­prove safety for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

It is easy to see why res­i­dents with farms and other ru­ral prop­er­ties and busi­nesses feel so vul­ner­a­ble due to their iso­lated lo­ca­tions. Live­stock, ma­chin­ery, ve­hi­cles and tools are all at risk, which can im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy, too.

Un­der­cover po­lice are al­ready try­ing to make the north-east a no-go area for drugs - they should do the same to ru­ral crim­i­nals by en­cour­ag­ing a team ef­fort to iden­tify all sus­pi­cious or un­usual ac­tiv­ity.

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