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Rural communities 'under siege' as thieves target livestock and equipment

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Thieves target quad bikes, tools and livestock as rural crime cost Wales more than £2.3m last year.

A report from insurer NFU founds that despite a 7% fall from the year before, crime is a significant problem for rural communities in Wales.

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Rural crime cost to Wales in 2018.

Rural crime cost the UK £50m in 2018, an increase of 12% on the previous year and the highest overall cost in seven years.

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At a time when rural crime is increasing across the UK, the fall in Wales is hugely encouraging. It’s a testament to the hard work of farmers, country people and rural police to tackle crime in the countryside. However there is no room for complacency. The countryside is facing a major challenge from organised criminals and it’s vital that police, farmers and rural businesses remain vigilant.

One of the most alarming findings from this year’s report is that fear of crime is changing life in the countryside. From constant reports of thefts and suspicious vehicles touring the countryside and rural criminals regularly staking out farms, country people feel they are under siege.

– Aled Griffiths, NFU Mutual