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Stirling MP Welcomes 25% Reduction in Rural Crime in Scotland


Categories: Constituency, Local Business, Rural Affairs

More Work Needed on Fly-Tipping

Alyn Smith MP with Stirlingshire sheep farmer, Daye Tucker, near Balfron

Alyn Smith MP has welcomed figures released this week from the National Farmers Union Mutual insurance firm (NFU Mutual), showing a 25% decrease in the cost of rural crime in Scotland, between 2019 and 2020. The cost across Scotland in 2019 was estimated at £2.3 million, whereas in 2020 it is estimated to have fallen to £1.7 million.

The report highlights the leading role of  Police Scotland in the SPARC initiative – the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime – which has boosted cross-border cooperation with authorities in the North East of England to tackle ATM theft, acts of violence and high value rural crimes.

However the report makes clear more must be done nationwide to tackle the continuing scourge of fly-tipping, with productive partnership working between rural communities and public authorities essential in reducing harm to livestock and the environment.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘As ever, NFU Mutual have provided an excellent insight into their activities which support the sector. Agriculture and farming continue to play a crucial role in our rural economies, so it’s vitally important they are supported in their efforts to reduce crime and safeguard livelihoods. I’ll continue liaising with local residents and businesses, as well as public agencies, to ensure Stirling’s rural communities can thrive, and economically recover following the challenging times they’ve faced due to the pandemic.’


The report can be read in full here: