Agri crime on the rise reports that farm

thefts cost the UK agricultural industry over 40 million in 2009 with expensive tractors topping the wish list as the most desirable item for the organised thieves.

New research from large rural insurer NFU Mutual indicates that rural crime rose last year, led by a sharp increase of 4.8 per cent in the theft of expensive tractors.

During the past two years there has been a significant increase in tractor numbers stolen 'to order 'often for immediate export fromo channel ports to destinations including Africa, Eastern Europe and

the Middle East.

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