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New figures show there's been a rise in rural crime across most of the West - with high value farm equipment such as quad bikes increasingly being targeted.
- Somerset - Up 9%, costing £1.2m
- Gloucestershire - Up 11%, costing £820,000
- Wiltshire - Stayed same, costing £1m.
- Dorset - Down 12%, costing £660,000.
Rural crime cost the South West an estimated £5.5 million last year. The most common items targeted were tools, quad bikes and machinery.
Nationally the cost of rural crime has increased by over 5%. A spokesman for insurer NFU Mutual says that more high value items are being stolen across the UK.