Developing a working typology of rural criminals: from a UK police intelligence perspective

Robert Smith

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This article develops a working typology of rural criminal types in a UK wide context. It considers strategies used by these diverse ideal-typologies of rural criminals to successfully evade the police intelligence apparatus. It demonstrates hidden links between illegal rural enterprise and local criminal networks whilst concentrating upon the intersection of traditional criminality and illegal entrepreneurship. This article explores the changing landscape of rural crime, positing new entrepreneurial strategies for tackling rural criminality in its myriad forms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-145
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Rural Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • illegal rural enterrpise
  • rural criminal entrepreneurship
  • rural policing methodologies

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