Spate of tractor thefts hits Midlands
9th September 2023
Farmers in the Midlands are being advised by the police to increase vehicle security following a spate of 20 high-value tractors and telehandler thefts in Staffordshire and Shropshire over the last month. Police suspect a highly-organised criminal gang is responsible for the thefts.
Report highlights steep rise in the cost of rural crime
2nd August 2023
The latest NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report reveals an alarming increase in criminal activity across the British countryside, with the total cost of rural crime adding up to an estimated £49.5m, a steep rise of 22% from the previous year.
Ex-SAS adviser to tackle rural crime and farm security
9th July 2023
An ex-SAS military adviser and his daughter have has launched a new business specialising in improving farm security and preventing rural crime.
Farmers urged to increase security amid sharp rise in quad thefts
21st March 2023
NFU Mutual is urging farmers to take extra precautions as quad thefts continue to rise this year, affecting many who rely on quads to look after livestock.
Farmers urged to help maintain decline in fly-tipping
10th March 2023
In the wake of falling fly-tipping incidents over the past year, a rural insurance specialist is calling on farmers and landowners to double down on their efforts to keep environmental criminals at bay to maintain the positive trend.
Warning to growers after raid of Norfolk ag-chem store
20th February 2023
The “well-organised” break-in at a secure distributer store saw a large quantity of herbicides stolen.
Diesel thefts more than double in 2022
17th January 2023
NFU Mutual is urging farmers to fortify their farmyards to stop thieves from draining their diesel tanks and disrupting food production.
Winter crime epidemic could be on the way, rural insurer warns
26th October 2022
NFU Mutual advises farmers to increase security when clocks go back on 30th October, amid fears that the cost-of-living crisis could see farm vehicles targeted by thieves.
Farmers, a quick heads up can save your life
23rd May 2022
Did you know that two people die or are seriously injured each year in the UK when their machinery makes contact with overhead power lines?
Two convicted after £45K thefts from farms
23rd February 2022
Two men appeared for sentencing after a string of high value thefts from farms across west Somerset in the first half of 2020.
Latest Defra figures confirm fly-tipping on the rise
9th December 2021
A new report from Defra shows a distinct rise in the number, and cost, of fly-tipping incidents on public land in the past year. The figures also show a decline in perpetrators being punished, with rural groups responding that the figures only show a small fraction of the actual crime.
Security warning as clocks go back
25th October 2021
Farmers are being urged to review security as the long dark evenings draw in, as criminals will use the cover of darkness to target rural areas.