Lincolnshire has country's highest rural crime rate

Lincolnshire has the highest rate of rural crime in the country.

Last year the crimes cost farmers in the county more than £2.4m, which is a 19% rise from 2014.

Rural crime has also risen by almost a fifth in West Yorkshire, costing farmers in the county £1.4m last year.

The latest figures also show the crimes cost farmers in North Yorkshire more than £1m.

The top five targeted items nationally are:

  • ATV / Quad Bikes

  • Machinery

  • Farm and commercial tools

  • Garden equipment

  • Livestock

Top five types of crime nationally:

  • Vehicle Theft

  • Burglary

  • Rural Business Theft

  • Livestock Theft

  • Vandalism