Rural Crime Report 2023

Ready for the returning threat

The impact of rural crime on our communities

As the UK’s leading rural insurer, we understand the true impact of rural crime.

Our Rural Crime Report provides a unique insight into trends and the cost of rural theft.

Every year we gather claims statistics, survey people in the heart of our rural communities and seek views from experts from across police, farming unions and charities to provide a detailed picture of rural crime’s financial and social impact.

In 2022 the cost of rural crime rose sharply by 22%, reaching a total estimate of £49.5 million based on NFU Mutual claims statistics.

World events, such as the conflict in Ukraine, coupled with the cost-of-living crisis, have opened up illicit markets and farmers have increasingly found themselves targeted by both organised and opportunist criminals.  This is having a dire effect on farmers’ wellbeing, many of whom are already facing significant challenges.

To help prevent crime and protect your property you can find advice in our 2023 Rural Crime report. 

Download our Rural Crime Report 2023 [PDF: 998KB]

You can also find out how we are working alongside police, rural communities and our network of local Agents to tackle the issue, as well as our investment of over £400,000 in rural crime initiatives.

But we won’t stop there, and in the years to come we will continue the fight against rural crime in order to ensure that our farmers and rural communities remain protected against criminals in difficult times.