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Rural crime drops across the East of England and East Midlands


Thieves who target rural areas anticipating rich pickings with relatively little resistance are finding they are coming up against more determination within communities to fight crime.

The traditional stereotype of the countryside conjures up sleepy villages which are attractive to criminals with designs on expensive farm machinery. But the reality is that more people are waking up to the fact that their property is at risk unless they take steps to protect their homes and businesses.

This growing awareness has resulted in a welcome fall in the cost of rural crime. According to NFU Mutual’s annual claims data, the cost to the UK economy in 2014 was a not-insignificant £37.8 million. However, this was down from £44.5 million, or 15 per cent, on the previous year.

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