The report covering the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey, published by the National Rural Crime Network today, has been welcomed by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa.
The Commissioner, who has championed the needs of rural communities since he was elected, said that he looks forward to reviewing the national outcomes against those responses given by Derbyshire residents.
He said: “The national findings give us a benchmark against which we will be able to measure Derbyshire’s performance. There is a wealth of information in the report and we need to look closely at the detail to gain a clear picture of the views of Derbyshire’s respondents.
“In Derbyshire, over the last two years, the service provided to rural communities has been strengthened. My office funded the popular reintroduction of Derbyshire Alert following feedback from rural representatives, and a specialist Rural Crime Team has been introduced to widespread approval.
“I have been listening to what people say, in person, through my #D383 tour of every village in Derbyshire. They have made me aware that problems such as speeding and fly-tipping are a real issue for them.
“Crime and antisocial behaviour remains a problem in rural areas, it is not confined to our towns and city. This is why I commissioned a more in-depth survey for Derbyshire residents, the findings of which will be available shortly.
“I will be very interested to see how local views compare to the national findings, after which I will work with the Constabulary and our rural partners to see how we can address any issues highlighted.”
Later this year, the Commissioner will receive the findings of a survey looking into domestic abuse in rural communities, giving him an idea of the scale of the problem in areas where vulnerability may be increased due to the relative isolation in which rural communities live.
The findings of the detailed local survey will be published shortly.
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Posted on Monday 23rd July 2018