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Rural crime

The majority of Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside is quiet and tranquil and although crime occurs far less in rural areas, it does still exist. With the county’s wide expanses of countryside and agricultural areas, some people in society see this as an ideal environment to commit crimes in the hope they will not be detected.

Rural parts of Hertfordshire are policed by the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), officers from local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Rural Special Constables.
The ROST is a team of police officers who are specialists in crimes concerning rural and agricultural issues, wildlife, the local environment and the county’s heritage. The ROST also deal with traveller liaison issues. They support local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Intervention Officers and can investigate any crimes from badger bating, hare coursing, the theft of red diesel and nighthawking, to stolen plant equipment, criminal damage and the theft of scrap metal or lead from historical buildings.
If you would like to speak to a member of the ROST team or identify who your local rural safer neighbourhood officers are, please call the non-emergency number 101 and you will be put through to someone who can help you. In an emergency dial 999.

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