Rural crime crackdown
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.