Abstract

Research on rural crime often concludes that urban and rural crime is indeed vastly different in
composition, that rural residents’ perceptions of crime are different, and that the approach of
rural law enforcement agencies varies from their urban counterparts. Therefore, it is important
that suburban and rural law enforcement agencies maintain an accurate understanding of the
types of crimes that they generally deal with and ensure that the perceived public safety concerns
of the department are consistent with locally-observed crime patterns