Rural crime on the increase in Yorkshire

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THE cost of crime in North East England, including Yorkshire, totalled £7.8 million during 2011, according to new figures from rural insurer NFU Mutal.

The firm said the cost of rural crime in the Midlands, including Derbyshire, was £9.2 million, and nationally rural crime went up six per cent - with the value of claims lodged by victims of crime reaching £52.7 million.

It found that in Yorkshire quad bikes, tools, oil and diesel were the items most commonly targeted by thieves.

Martin Wiles, an agent for NFU Mutual, said: “It’s all about taking small steps to make life much harder for rural criminals.

“Although there are some well-priced modern products available, you don’t have to break the bank with expensive high tech security measures.

“Making sure your property is well lit, marking any valuable items with SmartWater, and working with police and community groups are excellent, low cost, yet effective alternatives to deter thieves.”