NFU members are encouraged to respond to an academic research survey on the psychological impact of farm crime in the UK. The results of research like this can be invaluable in supporting NFU's lobbying for government and the police to take rural crime seriously.
The new anonymous research survey has been launched to gather data on the wider implications of farm crime across the UK. While many reports talk about the effect farm crime has on the financial and business aspect of farming, this is the first piece of academic research to address the psychological impact farm crime has on victims.
This research is being conducted by Dr Kreseda Smith, a rural criminologist at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. It is hoped that the survey will be the first step in understanding how crime affects farmer mental health, and how important crime is as a stress factor in farming.
Dr Smith urges all NFU members to complete the anonymous survey, commenting that “The psychological impact of farm crime not only affects the farmer, but also the wider family, friends, workers, and community. It is time for academic researchers to treat this as a serious issue affecting farmer mental wellbeing”.
It will be open until 11 March 2020, all information provided is completely anonymous, and will only be used for the purposes of this academic research.