Rural Crime Report 2022

Ready for the returning threat

The impact of rural crime on our communities.

As the UK's leading rural insurer providing cover to three quarters of farms and thousands of other rural homes and businesses, we're in a unique position to understand the true cost of rural crime.  Every year we gather our claims statistics to provide a detailed picture of the financial and social impact of rural crime.

The cost of rural crime dropped by 9.3% in 2021, the second annual fall since the start of the pandemic. However, now is not the time for complacency. Initial indications reveal that the first quarter of 2022 has seen thieves making up for lost time over the pandemic, with costs over 40% higher than the same period last year. 

Behind every crime there is an impact on farmers and their families - farms are places of work and people’s homes.

With the cost of living crisis biting and prices of essential farm equipment and fuel soaring, crime could increase in the months ahead.

To prevent crime and protect your property you can find advice in our 2022 Rural Crime report.

Download our Rural Crime Report 2022 [PDF: 998KB]

We foster and forge close links between farmers, police and our network of local Agents to make it harder for thieves to operate in the countryside. That’s why we provided £430,000 in financial support to tackle rural crime in 2021, and why we’ll continue the fight in the years to come – ensuring farmers and rural communities are protected from thieves in these difficult times.

Watch our rural crime farm security video for advice on how to boost security:

For specific advice on how to protect your tractor, GPS or quad bike from criminals, watch our latest series of rural theft prevention videos.

watch our Rural theft prevention videos