Written by: Charlotte Peel on Thursday 01/12/2016
The British countryside can be idyllic and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy fresh air, bracing walks and traditional country pubs. But as we all know, it’s also a working environment and, despite its tranquil appearance, crime does happen there. We take a look at rural crime and how those working in the farming industry can prevent it.
According to the National Rural Crime survey, the cost of crime to rural communities was £42.5 million in the last year alone. The survey also estimates that only 80% of the real cost of these crimes were covered in insurance claims. The range of crimes is extensive and includes the theft of livestock, machinery, vehicle, heating oil, metals, diesel and pesticides, illegal dumping, burglary, wildlife crime, and arson.
If you’re involved in a rural or a farming business, how can you protect yourself and your livelihood?
Deterrents can include a range of physical and visible elements as well as a common-sense approach to prevention:
Your local police force will have a rural crime prevention strategy in place with lots of helpful tips and information. However, if you would like an independent survey of your farm or rural business in order to identify potential areas of weakness, contact a member of our team. Our specialists can offer you advice about the best way to prevent crime happening.