County cost of rural crimes

New figures reveal rural crime in Derbyshire totalled an estimated £650,000 during 2012, while the UK-wide cost of ‘agri-crime’ fell by 20 per cent to an estimated £42.3 million.

The figures, based on claims data from rural insurer NFU Mutual, show that agricultural machinery tops the thieves’ wish list in the East Midlands while tools and fuel such as heating oil and red diesel have also proved popular targets for criminals in the area.

Statistics from the survey also suggested the majority of rural crime is planned rather than opportunist.

Grant Hattle, NFU Mutual Agent in Bakewell, said: “As a mutual organisation owned by, and run for, our members we have a responsibility to work with country people to improve security and tackle crime.

“Even though rural crime has fallen, much more still needs to be done to thwart rural criminals and minimise the devastating impact of crime in the countryside.

There was a significant fall in claim costs for tractor and quad bike thefts (down 32 per cent and 17 per cent respectively), which accounted for more than one third of all thefts by value. In contrast 2012 saw a slight increase in cost levels for livestock theft.

Thefts of garden furniture, ornaments and stone have been identified within the survey as emerging trends over the last twelve months.