Official figures released this year say that for the UK as a whole, crime is at its lowest level since 1981.
If you live in some of the small parishes which have zero crime, as reported by the Diss Express today, then you may not have any contact with criminality at all.
We are told we live in a low crime area, and are lucky to do so, but we also suffer from spates of crime from time to time and some areas have it worse than others.
But for crime figures to be accurate, people need to help record them.
A former police inspector for Diss, Gavin Money, said, a few years ago: “People need to report things to us, however small they may seem. It gives us the bigger picture.”
We are deemed to live in a low crime area, because that’s what the statistics tell us.
But in order for those statistics to be reliable, and for us to trust them, we need to play our part by reporting all crimes, and indeed, any suspicious activity.
There’s now so many ways this can be done, via email, text message and picking up the phone, among others.
In a rural area with few bobbies per square mile, we can be useful eyes and ears.