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Rural crime falls in Yorkshire

Rural crime falls in Yorkshire

Published at 6:01am 3rd August 2015. (Updated at 10:10am 3rd August 2015)

Rural crime has fallen in Yorkshire. 

It cost £2.5 million in 2014, compared to £3.6 million in 2013.

Insurer NFU Mutual’s annual Rural Crime Survey shows that the nationwide cost was an estimated £37.8 million in 2014 - a 15% reduction in the previous year’s figures.

The items most commonly targeted by thieves across Yorkshire over the last 12 months were all-terrain vehicles such as quad bikes, tools and fuels such as domestic heating oil and farmers' supplies of ‘red’ diesel.

63% of those surveyed said that cybercrime is a growing problem for rural communities, whilst recent claims data also shows that thieves are taking advantage of new targets such as solar panels.

Sam Webster, NFU Mutual Agent in Yorkshire, said: "That there’s been an overall decline in the cost of rural crime over the last 12 months is welcome news and reflects the huge efforts being made by communities and others to tackle this problem.

"Initiatives aimed at reducing livestock theft and installing CESAR tracking for agricultural vehicles are having a real impact and making life increasingly difficult for rural criminals.

"That said, problem areas remain and thieves continue to exploit weaknesses such as around ATVs and tools.

"So, while today's survey contains some good news, it also highlights the need for rural communities to remain vigilant and put security at the forefront of their minds."