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Rural and Business

How we define rural and business crime

Rural crime is defined as any crime or anti social behaviour that takes place in a rural location or output area (OA). Rural locations are defined using 2011 DEFRA/ONS output areas (excluding market towns) but include hamlets, isolated dwellings and village output areas.

Business crime is defined as any criminal offence that is committed against a person or property which is associated by the connection of that person or property to a business.

In this section you will find advice on rural crime and protecting your business against criminal activity.