More than 80 per cent of farmers in NSW have reported being a victim of crime according to new research by the Centre for Rural Criminology, University of New England.
Even more critical is the high levels of repeat victimisation, the UNE research says.
More than 76 per cent of farmers being a victim of crime on more than two occasions, and more than 23 per cent experiencing crime more than seven times.
Crime Stoppers and the NSW Police Force are launching a state-wide crime campaign to address awareness of regional crimes, prevention measures and to increase reporting to Crime Stoppers and the police.
Regional crime can affect individual's finances and safety directly but can also have a more widespread impact on the prosperity of the town and its people.
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In regional areas, the perception of a community, its safety, its people, and its economic situation can affect tourism, impact on its attraction of high-quality health professionals or teachers and other essential service providers.
But it doesn't stop there. Crimes in regional areas have a flow-on effect, impacting pricing, distribution, and availability of produce everywhere.
The campaign will provide information on how regional communities can deter or prevent crime in their area while encouraging everyone to report crime. The message to the NSW community is: Any information on any crime anytime.
The Crime Stoppers contact centre operates 24/7, 365 days a year and all information captured is in complete confidence.