The rural crime crisis is a resources crisis
Crime and the fear of crime can vastly reduce the quality of life of citizens. Although overall crime rates have been remarkably stable in recent years, including in remote areas, the issue of rural crime is set to play a major role in the forthcoming General Election.
The issue has been placed centre stage following a number of high-profile incidents in rural areas in recent times.
The Government has responded to understandable public concerns with a series of measures.