Report shows criminals continue to target rural communities
RURAL raising concerns that a new wave of rural crime is hitting the countryside.
Patrick Govier, NFU Mutual agent in Alton, said: “Although the figures for rural crime in Hampshire are down, countryside criminals continue to become more brazen and farmers are having to continually increase security and adopt new ways of protecting equipment.
“In some parts of the county, farmers are having to turn their farmyards into fortresses to protect themselves from repeated thieves, who are targeting quads, tractors and power tools.
“They are using tracking devices on tractors, video and infra- red surveillance in their farmyards and even DNA markers to protect sheep from rustlers.”
The report reveals that being ‘ staked out’ is the biggest worry, followed closely by longer police response times in rural areas.
Criminals continue to target Land Rover Defenders, quad bikes, tractors, tools and livestock.
Mr Govier said: “Our advice to people living and working in the countryside is to regularly evaluate your security measures.
Remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.”