Derbyshire’s economy lost £690,000 to rural crime last year, according to a study.
Businesses and homes were raided for quad bikes and machinery such as hay balers and ploughs, with a comparison showing incidents increased by a total of four per cent compared to 2012.
Fiona Traquair, NFU Mutual Agent in Derbyshire, said:“The cost of claims is increasing as a result of more high-value items being stolen. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant and fight rural crime.
“Our experience with people who live and work in rural areas of Derbyshire clearly shows that theft is more than just a setback – it can be devastating for businesses and families.
“One of the rural community’s best assets is its people who can work together to safeguard the local neighbourhood.”
For more information visit www.nfumutual.co.uk/ruralcrime