NFU and Crimestoppers launch new Rural Crime Reporting Line

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has today launched a new service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about rural crime, in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers.

The ‘Rural Crime Reporting Line’ is part of the NFU’s ongoing work to tackle the serious issues surrounding criminal behaviour on farms and in the wider countryside.

By ringing 0800-783-0137, or visiting the Rural Crime Reporting website, farmers, rural businesses and the public can anonymously give information about crime relating to:

  • Large-scale, industrial fly-tipping;
  • Hare coursing;
  • Machinery theft; or
  • Livestock theft

The service, supported by the police, will be unveiled today to MPs at a launch event in Westminster where they are being urged to encourage their constituents to use the service.

NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “Rural crime can be devastating for farmers and their businesses and it is something that many experience all too often.

With suspected links to organised crime, these crimes often go under-reported and its true extent remains unknown.

“The NFU has teamed up with the charity Crimestoppers to provide a service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about these crimes.

With relevant information being passed to the police, this service could help to provide key leads in the pursuit of these criminals.

“I want to encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or has any information about these rural crimes to come forward and call the line – your information could be extremely valuable.”

Crimestoppers’ Director of Business Development Rodger Holden said: “The NFU should be applauded for launching the Rural Crime Reporting Line in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers, on behalf of all farmers and their communities.

“This is a joined-up initiative, supported by law enforcement, that strives to reduce and detect crimes that directly threaten people’s livelihoods, their peace of mind, and are a real cost to us all.

“We all have a responsibility to support the countryside by working together to combat criminal activity.”