Crime on Farms Survey
1. Dear Landholder
My name is Elaine Barclay and I am a researcher at the University of New England. I am seeking your help with a study of crime on farms in New South Wales and Queensland. It is now more than ten years since this survey was last conducted in NSW. That study highlighted the problems farmers were experiencing which supported an appeal to the NSW State Government for more resources for policing farm crime. As a result there are now 33 Rural Crime Investigators and one Rural Crime Intelligence Analyst across NSW, livestock movements and identification are more closely monitored, and legislation regarding trespassing and illegal hunting on farms and the dealing of wool, hides and skins has been improved. This survey is now being conducted again because of concerns raised by landholders about persistent crime on farms. This is independent research conducted through the University of New England which aims to identify the nature and extent of farm crime in NSW and Queensland. It will be important to hear from you even if you have never been a victim of crime so that the study can produce an accurate measure of farm crime. The findings of this survey will continue to raise awareness of farm crime and identify measures that might be taken by producers, governments, police, courts and other agencies to reduce the incidence of farm crime.
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated:
You are under no obligation to complete this survey. However if you can help with this research it will be much appreciated. The survey will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on how often you have been the victim of crime. Most questions require only a tick. Some questions may not be applicable to your property as it is difficult to cover all industries and all locations, but there is opportunity to add extra information if you wish.
Please note that your name or any other identifying information is not required in the survey, so please be assured that your responses will remain strictly confidential. No information on individuals will be referred to police. Your responses will be combined with those from other participants as our aim is to identify the extent of crime on farms on a statewide basis. The information gathered will be kept securely locked at the University of New England and will not be shared with others or used for any purpose other than this research. The information will be destroyed after a period of five years.
Use of information:
This study will be completed by October 2014. Information from the study may be used in journal articles and conference presentations after this date. Some of the comments you provide may be used as quotations in some outputs but the information will be presented in a way that will not allow you to be identified.
If you would like to know more about the study or discuss these issues please send me an email (email@example.com)or call me on 0412053415.
Thank you in advance for participating in this vitally important study - I very much value your time
Dr Elaine Barclay,
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No: HE14-106, Valid to 13/5/2015).
Should you have any complaints concerning the manner in which this research is conducted, please contact the Research Ethics Officer at: Research Services, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351
Tel: (02) 6773 3449 Fax: (02) 6773 3543: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org