The Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Team recovered more than £500k in stolen agricultural vehicles, equipment, tools, plant and caravans in 2020.
The news came as the a report from NFU Mutual found that the cost of rural theft in Warwickshire fell nearly 35% in 2020 as COVID restrictions, increased farm security and rural policing kept criminals out of the countryside, according to figures released by NFU Mutual.
Commenting on the report, Inspector Allison Wiggin, Rural Crime Lead for Warwickshire Police, said: “We are pleased to see the reduction in NFU Mutual’s claims figures in our county. Our team has worked hard throughout the pandemic to tackle rural crime, help keep our rural communities safe and support the farmers in our county.
“The systems we have in place ensure we are aware of incidents reported ensuring we respond effectively to support victims and tackle any emerging trends, such as livestock worrying.
“In 2020, the Rural Crime Team recovered over £500,000 of stolen agricultural vehicles, equipment, tools, plant and caravans. We continue to do all we can to engage with our farmers, provide advice, support, plus disrupt and bring offenders to justice.”
Link to report: www.nfumutual.co.uk/farming/ruralcrime/