Stat of the day: £49.7m

The amount agricultural theft cost UK farmers last year - a rise of nearly 20%.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Tottenham and Brixton may be recovering from a weekend of looting, but according to figures, it’s not just urban areas experiencing an unusual spate of crime: apparently, theft cost the UK farming industry £49.7m last year, according to rural insurer NFU Mutual says. That’s a rise of nearly 20% on the £41m worth of stolen goods in 2009. Power tools, such as chainsaws, electric drills and lawnmowers were the items most popular with thieves.  

It’s thought ‘agri-crime’ is on the increase because sparse areas are difficult to police, meaning thieves can get away with it more easily. But Lindsay Sinclair, chief executive of NFU Mutual, said that by working with police and manufacturers, rural crime can be ‘tackled head-on’. 

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