Giving people more from their insurer
As a mutual, it’s our job to offer you more than just our products. You’re our members after all, and we work hard to support schemes and initiatives that benefit you in a number of ways. And much like our customers, they’re widespread and diverse, and look to help people from all sorts of communities.
Our rural heritage means a lot to us, and so does our work with the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service to reduce farm vehicle crime. It’s been running since 2010, and with the support of the Agricultural Vehicle Police Officer services, we’ve helped cut theft from £10m that year to £5.4m in 2015. It’s an excellent start, and helps protect the livelihoods of hardworking people in rural communities.
As does our work with the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime. We’ve invested £50,000 and since 2015, Police Scotland, the National Farmers Union and ourselves have been preventing, detecting and prosecuting rural crime across the country. It’s an important step to safer working for farmers, and we’re proud to support it.
We like to keep it local, too, and our partnership with the Lancashire Livestock Initiative, or Ewe Hostels, shows just how far innovative thinking can take a community. Together with the Lancashire Police we’ve worked to fight livestock crime, an issue that costs an estimated £6m each year, and protect animals that’ve been stolen. It’s already led to two prosecutions and a reduction in theft, and we’ve formalised an agreement to roll out similar schemes across the country.
And that’s just a little of what we do. Along with our Young Driver Scheme, where we’ve given over 1,000 young farmers advanced driver training to increase safety on rural roads, and our voluntary donations to the Nation Farmers’ Union, we like to think we do our bit.
But there’s plenty more for us to do, and we never stop working towards a better, more prosperous future for our members and their communities. Watch this space for more details in the future, and how you can get involved.