Statistics from the National Farmers Union’s (NFU) rural crime report has shown that it cost the county’s economy £710,000 last year, compared with £1m during the same period in 2015.
According to the insurer, the most frequently stolen items were all-terrain vehicles, quadbikes and garden tools.
Earlier this year Hampshire County Council’s countryside service agreed to provide extra eyes and ears to support police in rural areas.
Nationally, the cost of rural crime fell by 4.3 per cent from £41m to £39.2m, while eight counties experienced a rise, including Essex (44.2 per cent) and Worcestershire (28.8 per cent).
“They are using tracking devices on tractors, video and infra-red surveillance in their farm yards and even DNA markers to protect sheep from rustlers.”