Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014 on 3:11 pm

Rural crime in Yorkshire up by 6%, costing around £3.6m

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The cost of rural crime in Yorkshire rose by 6% in 2013, costing the local economy an estimated £3.6m, up from £3.4m in 2012.

Nationwide, the cost of rural crime totalled an estimated £44.5m in 2013, a rise of 5.2%, reversing a fall of 19% in 2012.

The most common items targeted by thieves in the county’s rural areas over the last 12 months were tools, quad bikes and machinery such as hay balers and ploughs.

The figures were released as part of a UK-wide Rural Crime Survey commissioned by The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society (NFU Mutual).

Andrew Webster, NFU Mutual Branch Manager in Ripon, said: “The cost of claims is increasing as a result of more high-value items being stolen. That’s why it’s important to stay vigilant and fight rural crime.

“Our experience with people who live and work in rural areas of Yorkshire clearly shows that theft is more than just a setback, it can be devastating for businesses and families.”

The society organises Country Crime Fighters Awards, a nationwide competition to support and encourage examples of crime prevention taking place in the countryside.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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