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News - 11 July 2012
Farmers stop calling police as 1 in 3 are hit by crime
More than one in three farmers in Yorkshire were victims of a crime last year with nearly a third of offences going unreported, according to figures from the local branch of the National Farmers Union (NFU).
The figures have prompted the NFU to launch a new campaign to raise awareness of the issue by promoting practical crime prevention measures and encouraging greater collaboration between the police and local farming communities.
The campaign, named Give Rural Crime the Boot, was launched at the start of the Great Yorkshire Show, where organisers worked round the clock to ensure the wet weather would not disrupt proceedings.
Nearly half of the farmers surveyed said they felt the police had taken sufficient action but many feel that police forces – many of which are struggling to cope with dwindling resources – could only do so much.
For the full report from The Yorkshire Post, click here.
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