RURAL communities are being encouraged to add their experiences of crime to a new website.

The National Rural Crime Network has launched a website aiming to tackle crime in the countryside.

The network was set up to promote a better understanding of best practice in relation to dealing with rural crime and anti-social behaviour.

The website will aim to help the public, police, community safety practitioners and others to share information that can be used to develop policy.

Graham Biggs, chief executive of the Rural Services Network, said: "Crime is a persistent problem in many rural communities and we believe this website will help bring people together to combat it."

The National Rural Crime Network involves 29 Police and Crime Commissioners and their police forces across England and Wales.

Other major national rural stakeholder organisations involved in the network include Country Land and Business Association, National Farmers Union, Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Mutual, Historic England, Crimestoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, National Community Safety Network, National Gamekeepers Organisation and the Countryside Alliance.

The idea behind the formation of the crime network was originally conceived by the Rural Services Network, which acts as a secretariat to National Rural Crime Network members.

For more information and to access the new website, please visit