Insurer counts cost of crime

The cost of rural crime in the North East is on the up, an insurance agency says.

NFU Mutual’s annual Rural Crime Survey suggests that the cost of crime in Northumberland and County Durham rose by 12 per cent last year to an estimated £840,000.

The most common items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment. Customers also suffered repeat crimes, and had high-value items stolen. Garden tools were another target.