A reported dip in the number of rural crimes has not gone far enough to help farmers and their familes.
That is the view of Upper Bann MLA Jo-Anne Dobson who says the apparent decrease has not manifested into “practical improvements”.
Mrs Dobson said, “I was pleased to read the most recent statistics from NFU Mutual stating that rural crime in Northern Ireland totalled an estimated £3.4 million last year, down almost 20% from the £4.2 million the year before. This decrease is to be welcomed.
“I would be worried, however, that this decrease in the headline figures may only show that criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in what they steal. What I am hearing through my constituency office and that of my Ulster Unionist colleagues about this year’s thefts is that it would appear rural dwellers are now becoming the victims of organised crime rather than opportunistic crime. The PSNI must continue to monitor the situation carefully.”