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Take steps now to help prevent rural theft during darker nights

Farmers are being urged to ramp up security measures to avoid becoming victims of rural theft after the clocks go back on Sunday 29th October, as criminals use the cover of darkness to steal from the countryside.

Spate of tractor thefts hits Midlands

Farmers in the Midlands are being advised by the police to increase vehicle security following a spate of 20 high-value tractors and telehandler thefts in Staffordshire and Shropshire over the last month. Police suspect a highly-organised criminal gang is responsible for the thefts.

Report highlights steep rise in the cost of rural crime

The latest NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report reveals an alarming increase in criminal activity across the British countryside, with the total cost of rural crime adding up to an estimated £49.5m, a steep rise of 22% from the previous year.

Ex-SAS adviser to tackle rural crime and farm security

An ex-SAS military adviser and his daughter have has launched a new business specialising in improving farm security and preventing rural crime.

Farmers urged to increase security amid sharp rise in quad thefts

NFU Mutual is urging farmers to take extra precautions as quad thefts continue to rise this year, affecting many who rely on quads to look after livestock.

Farmers urged to help maintain decline in fly-tipping

In the wake of falling fly-tipping incidents over the past year, a rural insurance specialist is calling on farmers and landowners to double down on their efforts to keep environmental criminals at bay to maintain the positive trend.

Warning to growers after raid of Norfolk ag-chem store

The “well-organised” break-in at a secure distributer store saw a large quantity of herbicides stolen.

Diesel thefts more than double in 2022

NFU Mutual is urging farmers to fortify their farmyards to stop thieves from draining their diesel tanks and disrupting food production.

Winter crime epidemic could be on the way, rural insurer warns

NFU Mutual advises farmers to increase security when clocks go back on 30th October, amid fears that the cost-of-living crisis could see farm vehicles targeted by thieves.

Farmers, a quick heads up can save your life

Did you know that two people die or are seriously injured each year in the UK when their machinery makes contact with overhead power lines?

Two convicted after £45K thefts from farms

Two men appeared for sentencing after a string of high value thefts from farms across west Somerset in the first half of 2020.

Latest Defra figures confirm fly-tipping on the rise

A new report from Defra shows a distinct rise in the number, and cost, of fly-tipping incidents on public land in the past year. The figures also show a decline in perpetrators being punished, with rural groups responding that the figures only show a small fraction of the actual crime.

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