Amanda added: #8220;The threat of becoming a victim of rural crime, and regular reports of suspicious characters watching farms is causing high levels of anxiety among farmers who know their rural location makes them vulnerable to attacks.
The report reveals that being #8220;staked out#8221; is the biggest worry for country people, followed closely by longer police response times in rural areas.
Forester Charles Miles, who lives at Westward, near Wigton, was the victim of theft in late 2015 when he had a £16,000 wood chipper had been taken from a compound near his home.
The force added that it works in partnership with rural communities in general #8211; and the farming community in particular. Through this work it has achieved significant reductions in rural crime in recent years, it reports.
The figures form part of NFU Mutual’s annual Rural Crime Report, which has been published today (MON).