Thefts from East Midlands farms increase by 61%

Thefts from farms in the East Midlands have increased by 61%, insurer NFU Mutual said.

The firm's survey found thefts in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire cost £9.7m in 2010.

Tools, tractors and heating oil were the top three most targeted items according to the survey.

The insurer said the countryside was difficult to police as attitudes towards security remained "relaxed".

Nicholas Pope, NFU Mutual Agent in Louth, Lincolnshire, said: "People living and working in rural areas of Lincolnshire need to be vigilant and keep working with police and local communities to help fight rural crime."

Fiona Traquair, NFU Mutual Agent in Matlock, Derbyshire, added: "There is no substitute for good physical security.

"It's all about taking small steps to make life much harder for rural criminals and making outbuildings more secure is an effective deterrent."

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