8 Dec 2023

Rural crime increasing according to survey

From Morning Report, 6:20 am on 8 December 2023

More than two-thirds of farmers in a rural crime survey say they have experienced a crime or a suspected crime in the last year - well up on the previous survey two years ago.

Federated Farmers, which conducted the survey of more than 1,000 respondents, is urging farmers to report all crime they encounter to ensure better police resourcing.

There is a call for sentencing judges to be tougher on those convicted of illegal hunting and the killing or stealing of livestock.

Federated Farmers rural policing spokesperson Richard McIntyre spoke to Corin Dann.