Thefts from farms rocketing
Farmers were yesterday urged to do more to protect themselves against organised criminals after a huge increase in the cost of thefts of machinery and livestock from Scottish farms.
NFU Mutual reported a whopping 45% rise in the cost of farm crime in 2011 to £1.79million. By contrast levels in the rest of Britain were down 11% as farmers in England and Wales have already taken steps to avoid them becoming victims.
The cost of livestock rustling, predominantly sheep, rocketed 165% to £250,000, a reflection of the increasing values being paid for animals. The haul included 2,700 sheep and lambs, the overwhelming majority of which have been taken from farms in Lothians and Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
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