Figures show major increase in solar panel and cabling theft
Date of alert:
Friday, 6 October 2023
Farmers and landowners are being asked to boost security as figures show a major increase in solar panel and cabling theft.
This rise in solar crime should act as a 'call to action' for owners to check their security and insurance, an expert has warned.
Police figures have revealed a 48% rise in solar panel and cabling theft from 2021 to 2022, and thefts are not limited to large-scale and commercial solar farms.
Increased energy prices, the ‘cost of living’ crisis, and the fact that sites with solar panels attract eco-conscious buyers have contributed to a growth in residential solar panel installations.