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Rural Crime Report 2021

The impact of rural crime on our communities

As the UK's leading rural insurer providing cover to three quarters of farms and rural 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.

Rural theft cost the UK an estimated £43.3m in 2020, an decrease of 20% on the previous year. The reduction in the cost of rural theft is welcome news but last year was no ordinary year. Lockdown helped to lock criminals out of the countryside, and increased security on farms and rural policing played a role in the reduction.

However, highly-organised criminals continued to plague farmyards over the pandemic, stealing high-value farming Global Positioning Systems, quad bikes and ATVs as the cost of agricultural vehicle theft reported to NFU Mutual remained at over £9m.

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

There’s no doubt that when we work together with police, farmers, communities and other rural organisations to tackle rural crime we can make a real difference. That’s why we’re investing over £430,000 in carefully targeted initiatives to tackle rural crime this year.

To find out more about crime in the countryside please read our latest report.

Download our Rural Crime Report 2021 [PDF: 532KB]