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Rural crime is repetitive and organised, but without information it can not be tackled. 

Criminal gangs exploit our wildlife, environment and communities, putting those who live and work in the countryside under threat.

Some people may think that rural crime is opportunist, but in reality, today’s rural criminals are highly organised, using surveillance techniques to identify where high-value vehicles are, before raiding farms and distributing stolen goods through global networks, which are often involved in other serious forms of criminality.

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Rural crime causes huge disruption to farmers’ lives. 
Combined agricultural vehicle theft including quad bikes and ATVs cost farmers £9.1 million, according to NFU Mutual’s 2021 Rural Crime Report

The Report also tells us that farmers’ expensive side-by-side utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), which can cost twice as much as a regular quad, now represent 14% of all quad and UTV thefts, compared to 11% in 2019.

The Covid pandemic resulted in thieves stealing small but valuable equipment to meet increased overseas demand, with criminals now specifically targeting tractor GPS technology, which costs around £10,000. Claims for this equipment through NFU Mutual have doubled in the last year, costing farmers £2.9 million.