n a recent survey 70 per cent of the NFU Mutual?s 300 branch offices reported an increase in rural crime in their area compared with the same period in 2009. The most commonly stolen items are quad bikes but livestock are in the top 10 including pedigree dogs as reported on last week (News, 25 August).

According to the survey rural crime is shifting from sporadic, opportunist thefts to highly organised operations relying on detailed surveillance and planning.

The rest of this article appears in 1st September issue of Shooting Times.

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