Midlands farmers 'under siege' from rural crime wave

Melissa Wright

Former Reporter, ITV News Central

Cows on a Warwickshire farm Credit: ITV News Central

Farmers in the Midlands say they are feeling under siege from criminals targeting their land as rural crime hits its highest levels in four years.

Recent figures show that theft in the countryside cost homes and farms forty four and a half million pounds last year.

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Rural insurers say that criminals are becoming more sophisticated in the methods they use to break onto farms, meaning that farmers are having to invest in more advance technology to protect their land.

Tractors, quad bikes and tools are just some of the items that are commonly stolen from farms.