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Rural Crime Is On The Rise In The South East

Rural Crime Is On The Rise In The South East

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 1:55pm 2nd August 2016. (Updated at 7:43am 3rd August 2016)

The cost of rural crime has risen in Bucks in the past year.

According to NFU Mutual, the cost of insurance claims in the area is now £600,000.

As the costs rise, so do the amount of reports of this type of crime. In fact, Thames Valley Police has seen a 21% rise in Rural crime within the three counties.

Mathew Scott, chief claims manager at NFU Mutual said:

"There are two main reasons farmers and many rural businesses are particularly vulnerable to crime: they can’t always lock their machines, tools and livestock away at night in a secure compound as urban businesses can; and their comparatively isolated location means there are less people around and the police may take some time to respond to an incident."

"Rural crime has grown from an occasional nuisance typically involving the theft of a few tools or half a dozen sheep to a massive problem costing the industry over £42.5m in 2015."

A statement from Thames Valley Police said:

“We welcome the publication of the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report, which shows that the costs of insurance claims in relation to rural crime have increased in 2015.

“The report highlights the importance of policing in rural communities, which presents its own unique challenges, and we will continue to work hard with communities and partners to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Thames Valley.

“Our figures show that there has been a rise of 21 per cent in the reporting of rural crimes in 2015 across the force area.

“This shows that the public has an increased confidence in its local neighbourhood police teams and that their working relationship continues to grow stronger.

“So far this year, we have a seen a 18 per cent reduction in the number of recorded rural crimes when compared to the same period last year, demonstrating the progress our rural crime teams and rural crime special constables have made with their numerous targeted operations.

“Rural crime remains a priority for the police and the Police Crime Commissioner and we understand the impact rural crime has on our communities and the livelihood of those affected.”

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