Video: Farmers’ top tips to fight rural crime

British summer ends this Sunday and farmers are being warned to increase vigilance over rural crime as the nights get darker.

Each year as soon as the clocks go back, rural insurers warn that crime in the countryside increases.

Quad bikes, machinery, farm tools and red diesel are top of the list for rural thieves, but farms and their outbuildings are vulnerable to burglaries due to their isolated locations.

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Farmers in north Hampshire, which also attracts illegal hare coursers and poachers, due to its wide, rolling landscape, are gearing up for winter and securing their farms to deter rural crooks.

Watch this video of farmers in the Basingstoke area giving their top tips to reduce the risk of crime on farms.

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