Rural Crime

What is rural crime?

How to report a crime?

  • When to call 999:
    • A crime is in progress
    • There is an emergency
    • There is a danger to life
    • Violence is being used
  • If you do not think you need an emergency response, call 101 or report it online here.
  • Rural crime hotline: Click here.

NFU Rural Crime Hub

The NFU’s Rural Crime Hub provides information for farmers on prevention measures, as well as how to report crime and where to go for assistance if needed. There is information on cyber security, fly-tipping, theft, livestock and much more. You can access the hub here.

What to do if your farm is targeted by activists? The NFU have put together some advice for you, whether on farm or online, to help with deal with incidents involving activists and some practical guidelines for dealing with extremists, click here to read.

‘Lock it or Lose it’ initiative

The NFU have launched an initiative called ‘Lock it or Lose it’ – to emphasise the precautionary measures that can be put in place to prevent rural crime. Click here to find out more.


Podcast on tackling rural crime: The NFU Mutual crime report podcast click here for online link/can be listened to on Spotify below


Derbyshire Constabulary has put together a useful document about rural safety and crime prevention. The document explores different kinds of rural crime, contact details and information around reporting incidents. While designed for Derbyshire, there is information that is valuable and relevant to everyone. You can access it here.


Further information on rural crime:

  • Rural crime: what you can do to help, click here.
  • The National Rural Crime Network is an organisation giving better recognition and understanding of the problems and impact of crime in rural areas so more can be done to keep people safer. Click here to see more.
  • NFU Mutual rural crime report can be downloaded here, download below.

Rural crime: Drone activity (NFU Mutual)
Rural crime: Isolation (NFU Mutual)
Rural crime: Theft (NFU Mutual)


All the latest BBC news on rural crime can be found here


The impact of rural crime is one of many reasons that people call the FCN helpline, which operates every day from 7am to 11pm.

Call the confidential helpline on 03000 111999 or email help@fcn.org.uk


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