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News and advice on crime carried out on farms from sheep theft, to tractor, quad bike and other farm machinery theft, fly-tipping and hare coursing.  Get advice on farm security and rural crime prevention in our Ultimate Guide to farm security kit and How to stop thieves stealing your Land Rover.

Advice and tips


9 tips to combat farm theft during darker nights

As the nights draw in following the end of British Summer Time, farmers are advised to ramp up security to deter rural thieves. See also: Video – farmers’ top tips…


Farm security advice to combat rural crime

Countryside criminals are becoming more brazen and farmers are having to go to extra lengths to ramp up security and protect their livelihoods. Some farmers are turning their farmyards into…


NFU practical farm advice for dealing with activists

This month has seen an unparalleled step up in activist activity on farm and online, coinciding with the dairy industry’s #Februdairy promotional campaign. Reports of trespassing, threats of violence and…


Security kit to protect your quad bike from thieves

The rise in reported thefts of farm ATVs shows no signs of abating, with recent NFU stats revealing that 284 machines were stolen in the first six months of this…

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Case studies


How technology is helping farmers curb sheep thefts

Sheep theft cost the UK £2.4m last year, according to latest figures from NFU Mutual, with livestock one of the biggest targets after machinery, tools and vehicle thefts. Now, a…


Video: Trench-digging farmer curbs poachers

A farmer has dug trenches around his fields in a novel way to ward off poachers and stop joyriders damaging his crops. Rob Gardner says digging trenches around fields bordering…

Farmer builds a 7ft high metal barricade to deter crime

A farmer has built a 7ft high, metal barricade around his farm to deter joyriders - and he hopes to finish the job using crowd control fencing from the London…

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On patrol with the police in the fight against rural crime

It’s a drizzly mid-September morning as I travel to Buckinghamshire ahead of “Operation Agriculture”. The operation is a week-long crackdown on rural crime affecting farms and the countryside in the Aylesbury…


Shocking extent of modern slavery in agriculture revealed

The shocking extent of labour exploitation and modern-day slavery in agriculture has been laid bare in a new report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). Drawing on its…


How cybercriminals target farmers and machinery buyers

Fraudsters are targeting UK farmers as unwitting middlemen in an international farm machinery scam which is costing victims thousands of pounds. The scam involves creating fake websites using business details…


Special investigation: Police failing to curb sheep worrying

Dog attacks on sheep are unacceptably high across the UK – despite public awareness campaigns. Figures Farmers Weekly has obtained on sheep worrying attacks across the country from 2015-17 reveal…

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Hundreds of lambing ewes stolen in Norfolk farm raid

Police are appealing for information to help catch those responsible for a large-scale sheep theft. Initially, officers suspected that more around 500 sheep had been stolen from a field in…


Dog owner banned after sheep savaged to death

A dog owner has been banned from keeping dogs for three years after his pets escaped and killed sheep in a farmer’s field. It is understood that 55-year-old John Coughlan…


24 sheep dead in 'horrendous' multi-dog attacks

Warning: Contains graphic photos of sheep injuries Nine twin lambs and 15 in-lamb ewes have died after suffering traumatic injuries in sheep worrying incidents involving three dogs. The first attack…


Stolen tractor found by police before owner noticed loss

A stolen tractor has been recovered by Essex Police and returned to its owner before the farmer even realised it was missing. Officers from Chelmsford Local Policing Team were on…

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Opinion: Time to toughen the law on sheep worrying

Public information films: you couldn’t move for them back in the day. When I was growing up I was frankly terrified of not stopping, looking and listening when about to…

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Test and reviews


GPS tracking devices on test

GPS trackers are becoming a popular way for farmers to safeguard their tractors, but do they work? Emily Padfield and David Cousins fitted seven different models to one tractor to…

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Video: Farmer's camera catches fly-tipper in the act

A dairy farmer is appealing to the public to help identify a shameless woman caught on camera appearing to fly-tip on his land. Joe Tucker, 19, installed a small camera…


Video: Fake websites dupe farm machinery buyers

Farmers are losing thousands of pounds to criminals who are setting up fake websites offering tractors and other equipment for sale. Buyers looking for bargains are being hoodwinked into paying…


Video: Farmer hit in face with metal bar by hare coursers

A Cambridgeshire farmer needed 14 stitches after being struck by a metal bar during an encounter with illegal hare coursers. Will Wombwell, of JD Wombwell & Son, Ickleton, was hit…


Video: Fly-tip victim says his farm has become a 'warzone’

Essex grower Harry Fisher says criminal gangs dumping waste on an industrial scale have turned his farm into a “warzone”. Mr Fisher, who farms 240ha growing potatoes and cereals in…

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