Farmers urged to be ‘eyes and ears’ as rural crime jumps

Simon Fisher, NFU advisor for south Lincolnshire.

Simon Fisher, NFU advisor for south Lincolnshire.

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Farmers and landowners in south Lincolnshire are being urged to help tackle rural crime which cost an estimated £2.3 million in 2013.

An annual survey just released by NFU Mutual on the costs of crime in the countryside showed a jump of 28 per cent from £1.8 million in 2012 to £2.3 million last year.

Tractors, tools and fuel such as heating oil and red diesel were the top items targeted by thieves and Simon Fisher, NFU advisor for south Lincolnshire, said farmers should work more closely with the police to catch rural criminals.

 

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