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Rural crime

Crime in rural areas is increasing. Rural and regional crime research indicates that farm crime rates are highest in either highly accessible or very remote areas rather than those in between. The most common type of offence is property crime or theft, with stealing of farm machinery, equipment, vehicles, materials, tools or spare parts affecting some 6 per cent of farms – livestock theft affects almost 5 per cent of farms. Disturbingly, one in three farm crime victims is affected more than once. In line with broader community, rural Australia is also affected by crimes related to violence and drugs and alcohol.  More on this subject is available on this website, including AIC research on rural crime together with a study on preventing crime on Australian farms.


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