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Approximately 72% of Essex is rural with 350, 000 residents, 22,500 businesses and 250,000 hectares of farmed land. People who live in isolated rural areas can feel particularly vulnerable, which makes it extremely important that we tackle rural crime, and the fear of crime, effectively.
The term “rural crime” can mean any type of crime that occurs in a rural location or where the victim is specifically targeted because of their connection to or involvement in the rural community, economy or area. We recognise that certain offences can have a significant impact in rural areas, and some can be specific to rural locations.
Offences can include:
Farm and rural watch is a free Essex Police led Watch scheme focusing on rural and farming issues, and is aimed at farmers, rurally located businesses and organisations, people involved in rural pursuits and local residents in isolated or sparsely populated rural locations.
Farm and rural watch does not replace Neighbourhood Watch in rural communities but compliments any such schemes with more targeted and in some cases additional information.
The aims of the scheme are:
If you'd like more information about our farm and rural watch scheme, or to register your interest, please contact us.