Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rise in farm theft sparks rural crime wave warning

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News & Business

farm security

A surprise increase in farm theft has sparked fears that the Midlands faces a rural crimewave.

The cost of rural theft has risen sharply during the first half of 2017 – despite a 4% drop last year. Early theft claims statistics for the first half of this year show a sharp rise nationally of over 20%, according to NFU Mutual’s 2017 Rural Crime Report.

The rural insurer said the figures raised concerns that a new rural crime is hitting the countryside.

Being “staked out” is the biggest worry for country people, followed closely by longer police response times in rural areas, it said.

Criminals continue to target Land Rovers, quad bikes, tractors, tools and livestock despite increased security on farms. The report reveals that the cost of rural crime to the UK economy fell by 4% to £39.2m in 2016 as farmers turned their farmyards into fortresses against.

Successful initiatives involving police forces, NFU Mutual and other organisations also contributed to the fall, it said. Even so, the cost of farm theft in the Midlands fell by only 1.9% to £6.7m last
year compared to a 4% drop nationally.

NFU Mutual rural affairs specialist Tim Price said: “The sharp rise in the first half of  2017 is deeply worrying. Countryside criminals are becoming more brazen and farmers are now having to continually increase security and adopt new ways of protecting their equipment.

Fortresses

Farmers were having to turn farmyards into fortresses to protect themselves, said Mr Price. “They are using tracking devices on tractors, video and infra-red surveillance in their farmyards and even DNA markers to protect sheep from rustlers.”

Mr Price said NFU Mutual had invested over £1m to tackle rural crime – including working with police. “When police, farmers and other rural organisations tackle rural crime in an organised way these schemes can be extremely effective,” he said.

Tackling rural crime remains a priority for the region’s police forces – including in Derbyshire, where police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has pledged to do more to raise awareness of work taking place to keep local people and livelihoods safe.

Mr Dhindsa recently re-launched the popular Derbyshire Alert messaging service to warn residents of live crime threats and also unveiled the county’s first dedicated Rural Crime Team to focus on crime and antisocial behaviour in the countryside.

He said: “We also want to promote the importance of local people and tourists helping to solve crime by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police and this is a message we will continue to raise.”

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!

 
barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi golden goose saldi doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online moncler outlet online