Rural crime in Hampshire up 50%
New figures released by the NFU have revealed rural crime in Hampshire has risen 48.8% compared to the previous 12 months.
According to the report the most common items stolen were ATV’s, quad bikes and tools. Repeat attacks are also in the rise. Hampshire was ranked 13th in the UK league table of counties worst hit by rural crime.
The NFU said: “Farms are not only places of business, they’re homes for farmers and their family. It’s not right that farmers are subject to intimidation, violence and criminal acts on their doorstep.”
“Our advice to people living and working in the countryside is to regularly evaluate your current security measures, making improvements where necessary. Fitting gates to prevent easy access to farmyards and drives is one of the most effective measures. High-tech security such as movement detectors, infra-red cameras and ‘geo-fencing’, which triggers an alarm if a farm vehicle moves off the premises, can also play a part.”
Hampshire Police Assistant Chief Contstable Scott Chilton said:
“In recent years Hampshire Constabulary has been working hard to support our rural communities through out dedicated Country Watch team. As we talk to rural householders and businesses, we emphasise how important it is for them to report every crime. Using the information gained, we can analyse crime hotspots and tackle the organised criminal gangs that target isolated properties and land.”
Hampshire Police urge rural residents to call 101 to report and suspicious vehicles and incidents. Call 999 if a crime is currently in progress. Rural residents can also sign up for Hampshire Country Watch at http://www.hampshirecountrywatch.co.uk/ where you can receive crime alerts for your area.