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Rural Crime Increases

Rural crime has been estimated to cost the United Kingdom £39m, with many farmers feeling “under siege” from thieves, according to a report by NFU Mutual.

There has been a 20% rise during the first six months of this year. It is reported that rural cost Worcestershire £1million last year.

The items most commonly targeted are Land Rover Defenders, tractors, quad bikes, tools and livestock. A farmer from Herefordshire bought 43 sheep at market saw them stolen 24 hours later.

Rupert Barnes, NFU Mutual senior agent in Worcester, said: “Rural crime in Worcestershire has risen dramatically during the last 12 months, as countryside criminals are becoming more brazen and farmers are now having to continually increase security and adopt new ways of protecting their equipment.

“In some parts of the county, farmers are having to turn their farmyards into fortresses to protect themselves.

“They are using tracking devices on tractors, video and infra-red surveillance in their farm yards and even DNA markers to protect sheep from rustlers.”

It is recommended to regularly evaluate your current security measures making improvements where necessary, remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the local police and local farm watch schemes.

For more information and advice on how to prevent rural crime click here.

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