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Cost of rural crime in UK hits £50 million

Christian Fernsby |
The cost of rural crime has hit a seven-year high in the UK, reaching a staggering £50 million last year.

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The report compiled by rural insurer NFU Mutual showed rural crime in 2018 increased by 12% compared to 2017.

The biggest increase in rural crime was in Scotland, up 62%.

The north-east had the second-highest regional rise, at 25%, and East Anglia the third-highest, with an increase of 22%.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the cost to the region’s rural economy increased to £2.8 million.

The cost of rural theft fell in two regions: Wales, down 7%, and the south-west, down 1%.

Quad bike and other vehicle theft claims rose from £2.3 million in 2017 to £2.6 million in 2018. While claims for stolen livestock increased from £2.4 million to £2.5 million.

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