Rural Crime costs hit record high of £800m
Rix Petroleum was sad to read yesterday, that an article published on the BBC website reported that the cost of rural crime in England and Wales has hit an all time high of £800million.
The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) said its poll of 17,000 peoplefound the average cost to victims was £2,500 for rural households and £4,000 for businesses, including farms.
These crimes, which include theft of tractors and livestock, cost 21 times more than previous estimates, it said. The Home Office said crime had fallen by 25% since 2010, with rural areas less likely to be affected than towns.
Rix Petroleum have been aware of a number of heating oil and fuel thefts from rural homes, farms, churches and village halls in recent years and this report supports the fact that things don't seem to be improving. As far back as 2012, we contacted all of the police forces around our depot area's and under the Freedom of information act requested the reports on heating oil and fuel thefts. Some area's such as the Midlands had seen an increase of 45%.
So if you live in a rural location, please ensure you do all you can to protect your heating oil from thieves this coming winter, read one of our past blogs with hints and tips on how to protect your heating oil and fuel.
To read the full article from the BBC, please click here.