Rising cost of rural crime in the South West revealed

PUBLISHED: 13:35 08 August 2018

Rural crime is on the rise.

Rural crime is on the rise.

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Rural crime in the South West cost the area £1.3million more last year than in 2016, figures reveal.

NFU Mutual released a report on Monday showing quad bikes, tools and machinery to be the most stolen goods from farms across the region.

The report also shows Somerset is in the top ten worst affected areas in the country, despite having an almost four percent drop in crime compared to 2016.

Director of Lye Cross Farm in Redhill, Nick Green, said: “We keep everything under lock and key in our farm, but we’ve previously had a tractor, two cheese vans and a quad bike stolen from us. Last winter, thieves made away with eight baler knotters, which cost £24,000 to replace.”

Rural crime cost the UK £44.5million last year, which is £5million more than the year before. The report shows nearly every type of crime has risen in almost every area of the country.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has promised to recruit more officers.

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