A new rural crime campaign was launched this week in conjunction with Crimestoppers, Network Rail and Police Scotland at Balloch, Loch Lomond.
The effects of rural crime can be devastating, with criminal gangs exploiting local wildlife, environment and communities, putting those who live and work in the countryside under threat.
Over 95% of Scotland is classed as rural, and the NFU estimates that rural crime costs Scotland around £1.8 million annually, with levels reportedly increasing.
Crimestoppers, together with Police Scotland and wider rural and environmental organisations, are asking the public to spot the signs of rural crime and give information 100% anonymously.
The key crimes that Scotland’s rural areas experience are:
- Theft of farm equipment, vehicles and machinery
- Livestock-related crimes: theft and dog attacks
- Fly-tipping and industrial waste dumping
- Hare coursing and badger baiting
- Fuel theft – domestic and commercial
- Heritage & cultural property crime including illegal metal detecting
- Wildlife crime
- Wilful fire-raising
Report to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or crimestoppers-uk.org or call Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.