Rural crime affects those living, working or visiting rural areas of the UK and is any crime being committed in those rural areas.
It covers a wide range of crimes but includes theft of machinery, vehicles, heating oil, metal, diesel and pesticides. Thieves are known to target high-value agricultural equipment and many top-of-the-range stolen vehicles are smuggled out of the country, ending up in eastern Europe.
Communities in rural locations often lack the resource and infrastructure required to deal with the consequences of victimisation. Often people are socially isolated and lack dedicated local provision, but rural communities can be tight-knit meaning that the impact of a crime can spread further than in a urban area, heightening the fear of crime and although residents of rural locations are considerably less likely to be victims of crime, rural crime should not be viewed as a scaled down version of urban crime.