CRIMESTOPPERS is teaming up with local volunteer committees, law enforcement agencies and rural partners across the country to fight rural crime.

Rural theft cost the UK an estimated £42.3m in 2012 and can have far reaching consequences for urban communities in terms of the food chain, deliveries and supermarket prices.

The ‘Scene it. Heard it. Speak up about it. Anonymously.’ message will be spread via social media using Facebook, Twitter and local alert systems to raise awareness of poaching, hare-coursing, theft of oil, metal and machinery.

The charity will also be hosting a blog at

Director of operations for Crimestoppers Roger Critchell said: “No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous – no personal information is taken.

“Calls are not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity.”

Anyone with information can call 0800 555 111 or go to