NFU Mutual report reveals cost of rural crime on the rise

Cost of rural crime in the UK rose over 40% in first quarter of 2022 as thieves returned to the countryside - following falls in 2020 and 2021

A new report into the cost of rural crime published today by NFU Mutual found that the cost of rural crime was on the rise after the pandemic. Other key findings included:

  • Cost of rural crime in the UK rose over 40% in first quarter of 2022 as thieves returned to the countryside – following falls in 2020 and 2021
  • Last year rural crime cost the East of England an estimated £5.1m, down 22% from 2020 – but there are signs that rural crime is on the rise again
  • Farm vehicles remain a top target as Land Rover Defender, quad bike and trailer thefts continue to plague the countryside
  • Farmers urged to boost security as fuel and machinery prices soar
  • NFU Mutual’s £430,000 funding helped police and countryside fight rural crime

Tim Passmore, Chair of the Rural Crime Network commented

“This is clear evidence that the cost of rural crime is rising again. The cost of rural crime impacts on all of us whether it’s extra costs for food production or paying more taxes to deal with fly tipping. We must not become complacent about tackling crime in our rural communities.”

Tim added

“Many people in rural communities live in isolated or remote areas and often feel that their concerns are not taken seriously. The Rural Crime Network and our partners will continue to campaign for a extra resources to support those in rural areas”

Click to read the full NFU mutual report ‘Ready for the Returning Threat’