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The countryside remains a safer, more secure place than towns but with some types of crime, the gap is narrowing.

Rural people are less at risk from violence and vehicle-related theft than those in towns.

But these categories make up a higher proportion of the countryside's overall crime.

Anti-social behaviour is becoming a growing menace, and fear of crime now proportionately higher in rural areas than in towns can in itself be damaging.

Graph showing trends of recorded crimes in rural and urban England between 2001 and 2003 for a variety of offences. Source: Countryside Agency


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