Have your say on rural crime in Suffolk to bring fairer police funding

PUBLISHED: 10:58 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 06:31 03 June 2018

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has urged people to have their say on rural crime  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has urged people to have their say on rural crime Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Suffolk’s rural communities are being urged to have their say on whether crime has worsened in a survey which could bring more police funding.

The National Rural Crime Survey’s deadline is just days away - and people are being urged to “ensure the voice of the countryside is heard”.

Three years ago, the last survey revealed the huge cost of rural crime, chronic under-reporting and anger and frustration at the police and government. It led to a series of recommendations and steps taken by police to bring improvements.

Now, the survey is seeking views on the changes that have happened; whether people feel crime has increased or deceased; perceptions on safety and views of the police.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Whether or not rural crime has become more of a problem is the point of this survey.

“Overall, while areas like Suffolk are safer than others, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a problem in an absolute sense.”

Mr Passmore said the results would inform evidence for a fairer funding deal.

“We need to submit crucial evidence in our case to the Home Office,” he added.

“Successive governments of all colours have failed to re-evaluate the formula to take into account the changing pattern of crime and extra cost of policing rural areas. It may have been fit-for-purpose 20 years ago – but it isn’t now.”

“I hope that anyone living or working in a rural community will spare a few minutes to complete our survey. It will provide a clear picture of what has improved, what challenges remain and what more government, police forces and organisations can do to support the most isolated parts of the country.”

Questions cover a range of issues from whether people report crimes that they or their business suffer, to the impact crime and anti-social behaviour is perceived to have on an area, and whether enough is done to catch those who carry out the offences.

“It’s all about making sure the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference to where we live and work – from the police to Government,” a spokesman said.

Visit National Rural Crime Network to complete the survey, which is open for submissions until Sunday, June 10.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sudbury Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sudbury Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sudbury Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

39 minutes ago

A car was seized by police after its driver was reportedly found not to have a licence to be on the road.

47 minutes ago

A council leader has urged businesses in west Suffolk to “seize a golden opportunity” to benefit from a major investment in RAF Lakenheath.

47 minutes ago

NHS staff from EU countries account for up to a sixth of the workforce in some of the region’s key hospital roles, figures show.

50 minutes ago

The electoral shape of two new councils being set up in Suffolk from May next year have been finalised by the Boundary Commission.

Show Job Lists

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Newsletter Sign Up

Sudbury Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24