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Rural crime

Help us protect Kent's rural communities by making sure your property is secure. Isolated buildings, farms, machinery and livestock are all targets for criminals.

If you live in a rural area, report suspicious people and vehicles.

What insecurities do thieves look for?

Reporting rural crime to us

If possible, make a note of the following:

  • Is the suspect (s) alone or in a group?
  • Are they trespassing?
  • Do they have equipment, dogs or firearms with them?
  • Are you aware of where suspects have been or where they are heading?
  • What do they look like?
  • Have they any vehicles? What are the number plates and vehicle models?
  • Can you safely get a photograph? 

Contact the Kent Police Rural Task Force

Team leader

  • T/Inspector Dave Smith - 07800 675376

North Division (Swale, Medway, Dartford and Gravesham)

  • PC Preston Frost - 07980 770574
  • PC Darren Reed - 07989 992283

East Division (Shepway, Ashford, Canterbury, Dover and Thanet)

  • PC Wayne Wright - 07980 770585
  • PC Dan Perry - 07967 331664

West Division (Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Maidstone)

  • T/Sergeant Marc Pennicott - 07980 700534
  • PC Geordie Laidlow - 07980 770580
  • PC Nick Lingham - 07817 956427

Read the team's latest newsletters (Rural Matters)

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Heritage Watch

Rural crime
Heritage Watch is a scheme aiming to help prevent and detect heritage crime in Kent.

Heritage Watch encourages the public to use their eyes and ears to help look after our cultural heritage using tools such as Country Eye, a crime prevention app supported by Kent Police (see below).

Heritage crime is any offence which harms the value of heritage assets and their settings for this and future generations. It covers a wide variety of criminal activity that is responsible for damaging historic buildings and sites. These offences range from graffiti, vandalism, theft of metal and stone, arson and unlawful salvage of shipwrecks. This activity can damage historic sites beyond repair, or even mean that a prized piece of history is lost forever.

Country Eye app

Designed and developed in collaboration with the Crime Rural Advisory Group (CRAG) for people living and working in the rural community, the app allows users to record and share information on crime, suspicious behaviour and damage. Any information uploaded using the app is stored in a secure central database and accessed by Country Eye volunteers who have been fully trained by us.

Information is broadcast to other app users so they are alert to suspicious activity as well as collated for police officers to get a better picture of rural crime and where and how it is taking place.

Complete with a knowledge section, the app is simple to use, free and is available for Android and iOS. 

‚ÄčIt cannot be used to report crime: call 101 for non-urgent issues or dial 999 if crime is taking place or safety is at risk. Online Crime Reporting is being developed by Kent Police and will be available in the Autumn on this website.

Download the Country Eye app
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