7 July 1995

Thefts hit record

FARM thefts have reached record levels and cost the industry £28m last year, according to NFU Mutual.

The number of claims fell in all regions except Scotland but the average cost of claims increased by more than 15% and the total bill was up by 5%.

There was a 6% rise in thefts of tractors. ATVs and livestock trailers were other popular targets. But, according to Pamela Oldfield, Mutuals loss control manager, the most worrying increase was in thefts of small tools like chainsaws, which were recirculated through car boot sales or stolen to order.

Mutual is offering a package of security advice for farmers but has said that premiums are not being increased this year.

The worst area for thefts was the north of England, followed by the south-east. Although there was a large percentage increase in Scotland it was from a low base. &#42