WORD ON THE GROUND: Crime has risen since end of lockdown
During the recent COVID-19 lockdown period, we saw a reduction in crime across the country.
Sadly, more recently, people are becoming victims of crime both on their farms and homes and there is an increasing number of incidents that we are seeing reported at the current time by some of our members.
These are worrying times for everyone and the impact of suffering such crimes can have a severe effect on people’s mental health and their families.
Farms are not only places of work but for many also where the family home is situated. People are suffering intimidation and threats of violence from the organised criminals responsible for these acts.
The rise in crime has seen the following areas being targeted: high value tractors, quad bikes, global positioning systems (GPS) and livestock.The other area that has also seen an increase is fly tipping, due to the closure of council tips during the lockdown period.
The NFU is wanting to see increased funding from the Home Office for rural policing and to enable a more co-ordinated approach between police forces to tackle the serious issue of rural crime.
Reducing the number of incidents that are currently happening will in turn reduce the devastating effects that it can have on those that suffer at the hands of these criminals.