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Scottish rural crime cost £1.8m in 2014

Police are investigating the man's death
Police are investigating the man's death

The cost of rural crime in Scotland fell by £100,000 last year, according to NFU Mutual figures.

The rural insurer estimates that rural crime cost Scotland £1.8million in 2014, down from £1.9million in 2013.

This was against a UK rural crime value of £37.8million for the year, which was down 15% on the year before.

The figures are based on results from the company’s annual Rural Crime Survey.

NFU Mutual said the most common items stolen in Scotland last year were all terrain vehicles (ATVs) such as quad bikes, tools and livestock.

The insurer also reported a growing concern over cybercrime and said criminals were targeting different items such as solar panels.

The company’s manager for Scotland, Martin Malone, said: “That there’s been an overall decline in the cost of rural crime over the last 12 months is welcome news and reflects the huge efforts being made by communities and others to tackle this problem.

“Initiatives aimed at reducing livestock theft and installing CESAR tracking for agricultural vehicles are having a real impact and making life increasingly difficult for rural criminals.”

However, problem areas remain and thieves continued to exploit security weaknesses around ATVs and tools, said Mr Malone.

“So, while today’s survey contains some good news, it also highlights the need for rural communities to remain vigilant and put security at the forefront of their minds.”

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