Policing rural crime.
Laing, Audrey Frances
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SMITH, R., LAING, A. and MCELWEE, G., 2012. Policing rural crime. RuSource Briefing. [online]. 1653. Available from: http://ofi.openfields.org.uk/1.12120687 [Accessed 2 April 2013].
Key points o Between 2000 and 2012 over 1,000 police stations have been closed in the UK and many more have been placed on reduced opening hours. A similar situation is unfolding in Northern Ireland and Eire. This may be viewed as a strategic and operational withdrawal from the current concept of rural policing. This closure trend has significantly altered the landscape of rural policing in the UK. o In the same period, the landscapes of rural crime and criminality have also changed in that there has been a noticeable increase in the levels of the organisation of indigenous and international serious and organised crime groups involved in committing rural crimes. In short crime is becoming more entrepreneurial. The increase of rural crimes such as the theft of farm machinery and tools; livestock; and unregulated butchery practices, evidences the danger that serious and organised crime groups pose to rural areas as they expand their criminal activities in the current economic recession. It does appear that Eastern European organised crime groups are targeting the UK by stealing tractors and other items of heavy plant for resale in Europe and on the African subcontinent. There is evidence that British based organised crime groups are also becoming more organised at exploiting criminal opportunities in rural areas.