Rural residents are being reminded they still have time to have their say on policing in their area.
Those living in Northumbria’s rural communities have until Wednesday to complete the survey which looks at crime in these parts of England and Wales.
Led by the Rural Crime Network and supported by Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, the survey looks at a number of areas including financial, safety and security.
Those answering the questions can stay anonymous, but will be asked to input their postcode to ensure responses are being given from those living in rural areas and to classify the type of rural area.
The questions ask people if they’ve been a victim of crime. They also ask about how people are affected by anti-social behaviour and whether they feel the community pulls together to improve their neighbourhood.
A section of the survey focuses on policing and whether people feel their local officers can be relied on, that they are dealing with things that matter to the community and how they should be rated in dealing with issues such as crime prevention and reduction, solving crime when it happens and doing their overall job.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is a member of the National Rural Crime Network and is committed to tackling this crime type. She said: “I would encourage our rural residents to take the survey while they still have time.
“Rural crime is very much a priority for me. Northumbria has large rural areas and I fully understand the impact this crime has on the communities within them.
“We know criminals can take advantage of rural areas and people living in these communities have my commitment that Northumbria Police will continue to work with partners to reduce crime and support these more remote neighbourhoods. I hope our rural communities take advantage of the survey and I look forward to hearing the findings from it.”
To complete the survey, visit http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey?member=Northumbria