IN NUMBERS: The impact of rural crime
10.3 million people in the UK are living in rural areas.
According to the Rural Crime Survey 2018, 69 per cent of farmers and rural-specific business owners have been a victim of crime over the past 12 months
The average financial impact of crime on rural-specific business owners is £4,800, 13 per cent up on the previous survey in 2015.
Rural crime cost £1.3m in Lancashire last year and £39m across the country
While theft is an issue for people living in rural communities, fly-tipping and speeding are the biggest issues, 57% of people seeing evidence of flytipping and 32% evidence of speeding in their communities in the last 12 months.
The National Farmer's Union has set up a database for Lancashire farmers to report small thefts which they might not report to the police