Police Scotland National Rural Crime Figures
The Police Scotland National Rural Crime Unit has released its latest figures for 2020 which show a reported 39% reduction in rural crime this April, May and June, down from the same quarter last year. For the first quarter of 2020, there has been a 114% increase in the amount of farm and plant machinery recovered. In monetary terms this equates to a total cost of reported rural crime across Scotland from April - June 2020 of £535,725 compared to £870,067 for the same period in 2019 and recovered totals of £329,400 in April - June 2020 compared to £182,126 for the same period in 2019. A big part of this success is due to the valuable work of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, which Scottish Land & Estates is a partner of, and Rural Watch service which through intelligence sharing have allowed the targeting of police resource in the right areas.