Combating Rural Crime: How Broadstone Risks Protects Our Countryside

23 MAY 2024

Understanding the Threat of Rural Crime: Insights from the NRCN Report

The Escalating Threat of Rural Crime

Rural communities are increasingly vulnerable to organised crime. The NRCN report highlights a 22% increase in rural crime costs in 2022, with significant rises in the theft of agricultural machinery and vehicles. This growing threat is exacerbated by the geographical isolation and under-investment in services in rural areas.

The Complex Nature of Rural Crime

Rural crime involves a variety of illegal activities, including theft of machinery, poaching, hare coursing, and wildlife crimes. These crimes are often orchestrated by long-term and intergenerational criminals who view rural crime as a lucrative business. For example, families like the Galloways and Carrs have engaged in rural crime for decades, treating it as a family enterprise.

Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) in Rural Areas

The report reveals that many rural crimes are committed by OCGs with links to other serious crimes such as drug trafficking and human trafficking. These groups exploit the perceived lower risk in rural areas, where policing is less robust and communities are more isolated. They engage in cross-border crimes, moving stolen goods across regions and internationally.

Challenges in Policing Rural Crime

A significant challenge highlighted in the report is the under-reporting of rural crime. Many victims do not report crimes due to a lack of faith in police response. Additionally, data collection on rural crime is inadequate, making it difficult to understand the full extent of the problem. Police forces often lack the resources and systems to effectively track and address rural crimes.

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Broadstone Risks: Supporting Rural Communities

Broadstone Risks specialises in providing security solutions that can help mitigate the threats posed by organised crime in rural areas. Here’s how Broadstone Risks can support rural communities:

Advanced Surveillance and Monitoring: Utilising state-of-the-art surveillance technologies, Broadstone Risks can help monitor vast rural areas. This includes deploying drones, installing high-resolution cameras, and using motion sensors to detect unauthorised activities.

Intelligence Gathering and Analysis: Leveraging advanced analytics and intelligence networks, Broadstone Risks can provide actionable insights into the activities of OCGs. This includes monitoring social media and other online platforms to predict and prevent criminal activities.

Community Engagement and Training: Building trust with rural communities is crucial. Broadstone Risks can conduct training sessions for local residents on how to protect their properties and report suspicious activities effectively. This also involves working closely with local law enforcement to ensure a coordinated response.

Physical Security Solutions: Broadstone Risks offers a range of physical security solutions, including secure storage facilities for valuable machinery, GPS tracking systems for vehicles, and robust fencing and alarm systems.

Rapid Response Teams: In the event of a security breach, Broadstone Risks’ rapid response teams can provide immediate support, working alongside local police to apprehend offenders and recover stolen property.

Cybersecurity: Protecting digital assets is just as important as physical security. Broadstone Risks provides comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to safeguard sensitive information related to agricultural businesses and operations.

Key Findings from the NRCN Report

Economic Impact: The financial losses due to rural crime are substantial, with significant increases in the theft of agricultural equipment and machinery. For instance, the theft of agricultural vehicles rose by 29% to £11.7 million, and the theft of GPS systems increased by 15% to £1.8 million.

Psychological Impact: Fear of crime and actual victimisation have profound psychological effects on rural residents. Many feel unsupported by law enforcement, with 49% of rural residents surveyed believing the police do not take rural crime seriously.

Organised and Transnational Crime: There is increasing evidence of the involvement of international criminal networks in rural crime. For example, Italian, Polish, and Turkish mafias have been implicated in the theft and exportation of agricultural machinery from the UK.

Under-Reporting and Data Issues: A significant proportion of rural crime goes unreported, and there are considerable challenges in collecting accurate data on these crimes. This lack of reliable data hampers effective policing and policy-making.

Intergenerational and Long-Term Criminality: Rural crime is often a family affair, with multiple generations involved in criminal activities. This long-term commitment to crime highlights the need for sustained and strategic interventions.

How Broadstone Risks Can Make a Difference

Given these insights, Broadstone Risks is well-positioned to provide effective solutions to mitigate the impact of organised crime in rural areas. Here’s a detailed look at how Broadstone Risks can make a significant difference:

Comprehensive Security Assessments: Conducting thorough security assessments to identify vulnerabilities and recommend tailored security measures.

Integrated Security Solutions: Implementing integrated security systems that combine physical security with advanced technology to provide a comprehensive protection network.

Collaborative Approach: Working closely with local law enforcement, community organisations, and other stakeholders to develop a coordinated response to rural crime.

Ongoing Support and Maintenance: Providing continuous support and maintenance of security systems to ensure they remain effective and up-to-date.

Education and Awareness: Raising awareness about rural crime and providing education on preventive measures through workshops, seminars, and online resources.


Rural crime is a growing threat that requires a multifaceted approach to tackle effectively. The insights from the NRCN report underscore the importance of recognising the organised and serious nature of these crimes. Broadstone Risks is well-equipped to provide the necessary support to rural communities, helping them to protect their livelihoods and ensure a safer environment.

By implementing advanced security measures, engaging with the community, and working closely with law enforcement, Broadstone Risks can play a pivotal role in combating rural crime and mitigating its impact on rural areas.

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