Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed a survey looking at crime in rural communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The survey, being led by the Rural Crime Network and supported by Mrs Baird, launched yesterday and 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.
People have until June 24 to complete the survey, which is available online.
Mrs Baird said: “Rural crime is a priority for me. Northumbria has large rural areas and I understand the impact this crime has on the communities within them.”
To complete the survey and for crime-prevention advice, visit northumbria.police.uk