Farmers Turning to Old Fashioned Security Measures as Rural Crime Increases
A report produced by the UK's leading rural insurer NFU Mutual shows that almost £45 million worth of rural theft was committed in the UK during 2017 - this is up 14% on the previous year - its fastest increase in eight years.
As a result, farmers are turning to good old security measures to protect their land, livestock, plant and machinery from the increasingly "brazen" thieves. Along with modern security technology such as CCTV monitoring and tracking devices and motion sensors, farmers are adding another layer of security in the form of protective animals - including dogs and even geese and llamas as alarms.
It's said that this increase is due to the rising workload of Police, along with Police cuts, leaving farmers to take security measures into their own hands to find ways to protect themselves.
The Midlands reported an increase of 32% in the cost of rural crime, followed by the West Midlands, Surrey and Northamptonshire.
Horseboxes, garden equipment and quad bikes were the most targeted items, the report shows.
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