Theft of livestock, farm tools, oil, diesel, quad bikes, trailers and burglaries from farm buildings remain top targets of thieves in the Warwickshire countryside, prompting charity Crimestoppers to launch a new campaign tackling rural crime across the county.
There has been a sharp increase in the theft of tractors and recent intelligence suggests that organised criminals are specifically targeting farms and machinery dealers.
Crimestoppers is working closely with organisations such as NFU Mutual, Horse Watch, and Rural Watch to spread the message of the service it provides.
Pauline Hadley, Crimestoppers’ regional manager, said: “Rural crime causes loss of income, stress and anxiety to victims.
“We are launching this campaign during the lambing season and highlighting theft of livestock which is particularly challenging at this time of year.
“We urge people to be aware of the types of crimes happening locally and to pass on information in complete anonymity to Crimestoppers calling 0800 555 111 or by using our non-traceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. By contacting us you won’t have to speak to the police or go to court. We only want to know what you know, not who you are.”