Rural Crime figures released for the region

Rural crime across Cumbria has increased by almost 40%, according to figures released today. Property worth £920,000 was stolen during 2013. The most commonly stolen items were quad bikes, tools and livestock. Across Scotland though rural crime has fallen by 5% over the same period.

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Rural crimes up by almost 40% in Cumbira

Quad bikes are one of the most stolen things from our region's farms Credit: ITV News

Rural crime in Cumbria has risen by almost 40% in the last year.

New figures released today by NFU Mutual say property totalling £920,000 was taken from farms in the county during 2013.

It's part of a UK-wide survey which has shown that across the country rural crime has cost an estimated £44.5m over 2013.

The report has however shown that in the same period, crime figures fell by 5% across Scotland.

More than half of staff interviewed from hundreds of NFU Mutual offices in rural communities around the UK also said they'd seen customers suffer repeat crimes or had high-value items stolen.

The top 10 items targeted by thieves last year were:

  • Tools
  • Quad bikes
  • Oil/Diesel
  • Machinery
  • Garden equipment
  • Livestock
  • Vehicles
  • Metal
  • Tractors
  • Trailers
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