Rural crime: Farmers 'feel like sitting ducks'
Date of alert:
Thursday, 30 September 2021
A farmer who saw a sharp rise in crime on her land has told how she has blocked 50 gateways, dug ditches around fields and hired a private security firm to protect her business.
Freya Morgan, 57, said the 10 crimes on her north Bedfordshire farm in 2020 included hare coursing and fly-tipping.
The security upgrades have cost her at least £12,000, she estimates.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on police forces to increase resources for tackling rural crime.
It said a survey of its members had revealed that rural crime had cost the average victim £5,100, with one in 10 respondents putting the bill at £10,000 or more.