Matthew Scott, chief claims manager with rural insurer NFU Mutual, outlines how farmers can help avoid becoming victims of crime.
The direct costs of all rural crime rose to over £53m last year – despite a fall in tractor thefts, according to the latest NFU Mutal figures.
Increased frequency of metal and livestock theft, together with more losses of smaller but still valuable equipment such as quad bikes and tools, lie behind the rise.
Police chiefs need to forge closer links with rural communities in the fight against crime in the countryside, Mr Scott told a rural crime conference on 8 November 2012.
Some 400 delegates attended the annual rural crime seminar held by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in Kettering.
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