Cost of rural crime is on the increase, figures reveal
RURAL crime cost the county £730,000 last year, according to a farmer’s insurance firm.
The cost was up from £650,000 in 2013, according to NFU Mutual.
The items most commonly targeted by thieves across Cheshire over the last 12 months were all terrain vehicles (ATVs) such as quadbikes, tools and fuels such as domestic heating oil and farmers’ supplies of diesel. The figures are part of the annual Rural Crime Survey by NFU Mutual.
The survey also revealed the changing nature of rural crime where cybercrime a growing problem and thieves are taking advantage of new targets such as solar panels.
Liz Lawrence, of NFU Mutual Cheshire, said: “It is disappointing to see levels of rural crime rising in Cheshire, especially when there has been a decline nationally.
“Initiatives aimed at reducing livestock theft and installing tracking on agricultural vehicles are having a real impact across the country and making life increasingly difficult for criminals. But the figures underscore the message that criminals will move to take advantage of weaknesses and communities should remain vigilant and put security at the forefront of their minds.”