Cost of rural crime in UK hits £50 million
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. ■