Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
A blog post by Inspector Alan Dron
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With Scotland frequently perceived as trying to lead the way for environmental creativity, innovation and knowledge, why are levels of flytipping higher now than 5 years ago? Why are they significantly worse in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland?
Ensuring those living and working in rural communities and environments have confidence that any crime related issues affecting them are taken seriously, acted upon and understood is a key priority for the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC).
The group was formed with a strategic vision of co-ordinating cohesive and sustained crime prevention advice to rural communities throughout Scotland plus drive and support intelligence gathering, enforcement activity underpinned through empowering communities regardless of demographics and geographical location.
In April 2019, SPARC launched the first ever strategy for tackling Rural Crime in Scotland. This provides a clear vision, aims, objectives and priorities. Namely these are farm machinery, plant & vehicle theft; livestock offences; fuel theft; equestrian crime; poaching, heritage crime and, of particular relevance, flytipping!