Crime affecting farmers in one region of Northern Ireland has cost them around £11 million over the past three years, it has been revealed.
Insurer NFU Mutual said that the cost of theft to agriculture in Ulster was £3.9 million last year, £3.9 million in 2010 and £2.9 million in 2010.
Among the items which are commonly taken are tractors, quad bikes and livestock, with some thieves attempting to bypass security fencing
in order to make off with expensive equipment.
"NFU Mutual estimates that over 6,000 sheep and cattle could have been stolen in 2011. In addition to sheep being stolen, we have also received claims for hundreds of stolen cattle and pigs and thousands of game birds," NFU's Tim Price told NewsLetter.co.uk.
In January, farmers in Northern Ireland attended a meeting in Ballymena to make their feelings known to police, with some in County Antrim feeling that the authorities are not doing enough to protect them.
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