Warwickshire Rural crime falls as country people unite to fight thieves
Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual today releases its annual rural crime data, based on claims received in 2014. The data reveals rural crime cost the UK economy £37.8 million in 2014, down from £44.5 million in 2013 – representing a 15% fall.
But despite an overall decline in the cost of rural crime in every UK region, several types of crime have continued to rise in parts of the UK, with quad bikes proving particularly attractive to thieves.
Meanwhile the cost of livestock theft nationally has remained stubbornly high with several regions recording increases. The data follows a spate of high-value livestock thefts across the country, and the rollout of a national livestock theft reduction scheme sponsored by NFU Mutual.
In a survey of NFU Mutual’s branch offices across the UK, 56% of respondents indicated that awareness of crime is rising in rural communities. The survey also reveals that rural communities are employing ever more sophisticated means of protecting themselves, including the installation of alarm and CCTV systems.
According to the survey, the most commonly targeted items over the last twelve months were fuel, tools and quad bikes. Essex and Kent are the UK’s worst affected counties in 2014 while in Scotland the cost of quad bike theft has increased by around 80%.
And despite an overall decline in rural crime, the survey reveals that many in rural communities feel that thieves are also becoming more sophisticated.
And further highlighting the changing nature of rural crime, 63% of those surveyed said that cybercrime is a growing problem for rural communities while NFU Mutual’s most recent claims data also shows thieves are taking advantage of new targets such as solar panels.
The survey also revealed that vehicle theft, burglary and livestock theft are the most prevalent crimes being experienced in Britain’s rural communities.
Top 10 items targeted by thieves in 2014 (2013 rankings in brackets)
1. Tools (Tools)
2. ATVs/Quad bikes (ATVs/Quad bikes)
3. Oil/Diesel (Oil/Diesel)
4. Machinery (Machinery)
5. Livestock (Garden equipment)
6. Garden equipment (Livestock)
7. Trailers (Tractors)
8. Equestrian transport and equipment (Trailers)
9. Bicycles (Vehicles)
10. Personal effects/tractors (Equestrian equipment)
Top 10 UK counties by estimated cost of rural crime in 2014 (last year’s figures in brackets)
1. Essex £2.4m (£2m)
2. Kent £2.2m (£1.8m)
3. Lincolnshire £1.8m (£2.2m)
4. Hampshire £1.7m (£970,000)
5. Cambridgeshire £1.7m (£2.4m)
6. Lancashire £1.4m (£1.7m)
7. Somerset £1.1m (£1.2m)
8. Suffolk £1.1m (£1.4m)
9. North Yorkshire £1m (£1.5m)
10. Gloucestershire £1m (£0.79m)
Warwickshire £0.56m (£0.76m) ….down 26%
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