Rural crime network to tackle thefts

Farmers are being warned to keep on top of security after the cost of rural crime in Lancashire was revealed to be £1.8m last year.

Wednesday, 20th August 2014, 12:00 pm
Latest news.

High on thieves’ hit lists are high-value tractors, quad bikes and livestock, according to figures released by rural insurer NFU Mutual.

Thieves are also targeting lower-value tractors which are not fitted with hi-tech systems, before exporting them to developing countries.

NFU Mutual spokesman Tim Price said: “There is no doubt that both opportunist criminals and members of international criminal gangs are targeting farms.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“While the first group will often move on to an easier target if they see a farm has even basic security in place, the latter are professionally organised with a specific target, so it’s vital that farmers regularly review their security measures and update them to keep one step ahead of would-be thieves.”

A two-year funding package for a newly created National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)operating across England and Wales has been announced with funding of almost £40,000.

It will be used to provide information and support for rural communities by encouraging direct interaction between businesses, organisations and the police.

The concept for a rural crime network was developed by the Rural Services Network (RSN), working alongside most Police Crime Commissioners serving rural communities including Lancashire. and Cumbria.