Skip to content
Rural robberies soared by 40% amid fears of a rural crime boom


Rural robberies soared by 40% amid fears of a rural crime boom

  • High-value farm machinery remained a target, with £9.1million in claims last year
  • NFU Mutual said: ‘Crime in the countryside causes high levels of anxiety’
  • The cost of the rural flight reached £40.5m, 40% more than last year
  • £2.4million worth of farm animals were stolen last year as theft also increased

Rural crime has risen by 40% amid the cost of living crisis, with vehicles such as Land Rover Defenders being the main targets of thieves.

After two years of falling crime during the pandemic, the cost of rural theft has soared to £40.5m a year.

A report by insurer NFU Mutual found that costs in the first quarter of this year were 40% higher than in the same period last year.

Fuel theft is on the rise again due to huge increases in the price of gasoline, diesel and oil

And the rising value of used cars and spare parts has led to an 87 per cent rise in Land Rover theft claims to £2.6million a year as criminals steal vehicles and dismantle them.

High-value farm machinery remained a target, with £9.1million in claims last year.

The rustle has also increased, with an estimated £2.4million in farm animals stolen last year.

Rebecca Davidson of NFU Mutual said: “Crime in the countryside causes high levels of anxiety and disruption, with many farmers and rural homeowners feeling vulnerable.”

She added: “We are advising rural people to review their safety, to help prevent crime and disruption.

“With the prices of essential farm equipment such as tractors and quads rising rapidly and the cost of diesel skyrocketing over the past year, there is no doubt that criminals will try to steal from farms.

“We also know that essentials of rural life, such as oil tanks, will only become more attractive to thieves as costs rise. A recent poll by NFU Mutual reveals that 89% of respondents believe that inflation will lead to an increase in rural crime…

“The fact that determined thieves scour the countryside for targets and return to carry out nighttime raids results in sleepless nights for many people in remote areas.”

Thefts of diesel, heating oil and other fuels decreased slightly from 2020 to 2021.

But the latest claims indications from 2022 suggest that fuel theft is on the rise again, due to huge increases in the price of petrol, diesel and petroleum.

Rural robberies soared by 40% amid fears of a rural crime boom

High-value farm machinery remained a target as there were £9.1million in claims last year to cover theft

The insurance company has warned that oil theft can leave isolated rural households without heat on the coldest days of the year, while the theft of diesel and other fuels leaves farmers with hefty utility bills. restocking and disrupts vital work during a time when farmers can least afford to stop.

Inspector Ian Cox, from Norfolk Police’s Rural Crime Team, added: ‘Fuel theft is becoming a major problem both locally and nationally as the price of commodity has repeatedly reached record levels.

“Unfortunately, this means that thefts also cost the victims dearly, not to mention the physical, environmental and psychological damage caused.”

Advertising

dailymail us

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.