The previous strategy, which completed its four-year term in 2021 saw a significant reduction in rural crimes. Unauthorised encampments were reduced by more than 70 per cent, hare coursing saw a reduction of 10 per cent and the theft of large machinery by 36 per cent.

Following feedback from rural communities, the new strategy will go even further, with a stronger focus on tackling all crimes within rural communities, supporting community empowerment, protecting vulnerable and isolated rural communities, and supporting victims of crime.

To find out more and to read the new strategy please click here.