Rural crime in Midlands rises by almost 40%

A new report has found the Midlands is among the hardest-hit areas in the country by thieves targeting equipment, livestock and even fuel.

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Lincolnshire second highest county in UK for rural crime

Lincolnshire has the second highest rate of rural crime in the country, according to new figures.

Rural crime soars in Lincolnshire Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The NFU Mutual survey found that thefts of tractors, fuel and tools cost £2.3 million in 2013 - more than a quarter higher than the previous twelve months.

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Rural crime cost Midlands £10.6m last year

Edale in Derbyshire in the East Midlands. The cost of rural thefts has increased by 38% across the region, one of the biggest rises in the country. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

A new report has found the Midlands is among the hardest-hit areas in the country by thieves targeting equipment, livestock and even fuel.

Last year rural crime cost the region £10.6m, according to figures from NFU Mutual.

In the West Midlands the total was £4.5m, a rise of 9%, while in the East Midlands it was more than £6m, an increase of 38%.

The insurance firm say the rise is down to three main factors:

  • High-value tractors being stolen and then sold abroad
  • A 'substantial' rise in sheep rustling
  • Thieves targeting garden tools and ornaments

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