A new partnership dedicated to tackling rural crime in the North East and improving safety in remote communities has been launched today.
The North East Scotland Rural Crime & Safety Partnership is comprised of more than 20 partners involved in rural affairs who have pledged a commitment to sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise to tackle the issues that impact rural areas and the people who live in them most.
The group will bring together senior representatives from organisations and stakeholders including Police Scotland, National Farmers Union, Food Standards Agency, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency and the SSPCA, focusing on areas including road safety, acquisitive crime, agricultural safety, live-stock worrying and hare-coursing.
The partnership will also supply ongoing feedback on the delivery of a new rural crime and safety strategy to ensure the region remains one of the safest places in Scotland.
Chief Inspector Murray Main from Police Scotland’s North East Division, and chair of the new Partnership, said
There are many benefits to living, working and investing in the North East and we should be justifiably proud of our rural and beautiful countryside and coastal areas.
I am also glad that the North East is one of the safest areas of the United Kingdom however we know that the impact of crime is often greater on victims in rural areas due to their remote and isolated locations, making them feel more vulnerable and concerned. This is why we need to work with partners, residents and businesses to keep people safe and ensure property is protected.
Moving forward our strategy will detail the prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance measures we can take collectively to reduce crime by all the partners sharing their knowledge, experience and resources. There are still too many serious incidents on our road networks and we need to work closer with rural communities to tackle issues like agricultural safety, acquisitive crime and livestock worrying.
I am very proud and pleased to be launching this partnership – by working together we can protect the most vulnerable and work hard to help those in rural communities who need additional support.
Members of the Partnership include –
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
- Aberdeenshire Council
- Aberdeen City Council
- Moray Council
- Ministry of Defence Police
- Animal Health & Plant Agency
- Forestry Commission
- British Horse Society Scotland
- Food Standards Agency
- NFU Scotland
- Scottish Land & Estates
- Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency
Representatives from Fisheries across the North East. Members of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and Aberdeenshire Rural Partnerships Federation are also involved.