Rural communities have their own unique crime problems – like theft of crops, timber, livestock, and expensive farm equipment. Vandals do more than break mailboxes; they can destroy crops and fields. Alcohol and drug abuse problems plague rural youth as well as those in the suburbs and cities. And of course, crimes like burglary, rape, assault, and auto theft happen in rural areas, but less frequently than in cities. Invest some time and money in prevention now. What’s the payoff? Better security around your property, less worry about crime and your family’s safety. Be a good neighbour – when you’re out and about, keep an eye on neighbours’ homes, livestock, and equipment. Tell them and the police about anything that makes you uneasy or suspicious.
The OPP has created a checklist of tips. To view, click Rural Crime Prevention Tips