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New figures show there's been a rise in rural crime across most of our region- with high value farm equipment such as quad bikes increasingly being targeted.
- Devon and Cornwall - 35% increase costing the local economy £1.1million
- Somerset - 9 % increase at a cost of £1.2 million
- Dorset - drop of 12% at a cost of £660,000.
Figures from insurance company NFU Mutual.
Rural crime cost Devon and Cornwall over one million pounds last year.
That's according to new figures published by a leading rural insurer. It's an increase of 35% from 2012. The most common items stolen were tools, quad bikes and farm machinery such as plough and hay balers.
The survey says rural crime cost the entire South West around £5.5 million in 2013.