The business of farm crime: evaluating trust in the police and reporting of offences

Wyn Morris*, Gareth Norris, David Dowell

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    Annual estimates of the total cost of farm crime to the UK economy amount to the region of £45 m (NFU in NFU Rural Crime Report 2018., 2018). The purpose of this study was to assess the extent, effects and responses to farm crime from key stakeholders, principally the police and farming population. Survey responses were collected from farmers (n = 96) in rural Wales. Key findings suggest that the main categories of farm crime including machinery and livestock theft were similar to national patterns. Perceptions of organised crime groups from outside the local area being responsible for criminal activity were also prevalent. Satisfaction and trust in the police was generally healthy, despite awareness that the investigation and prosecution of farm and/or rural crime was often not being adequately resourced. The implications of this research propose that a broad lack of police training/experience, insight into farming issues generally, and wider organisational resource commitment, all hinder effective policing of farm business crime.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages16
    JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety
    VolumeFirst Online
    Early online date4 Jul 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2019


    • Crime
    • Farm
    • Policing
    • Rural


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