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7:01am 6th August 2013

A Cornish farmer has told Pirate FM how he has been repeatedly targeted by thieves.

Mark Williams from St Agnes has had metal feed troughs, fencing posts and tools stolen.

It is as new research reveals the total cost of rural crime in the Duchy was nearly half a million pounds last year.

That has dropped since 2011 - but that is little consolation to Mark: "Insurance levels are rising because of quite a lot of theft. You can't keep claiming off the insurance for small scale things and increasingly then you have to invest in security on the farm - maybe CCTV.

"It's not like us as individuals where we can lock things away. A lot of machinery is left out in the open - feed troughs, fence posts, hammers and saws. It's a growing problem."

Tim Price from insurer NFU Mutual said: "It can really get people down and almost take over their lives. Whether they're at home, out working or even in bed they've always got the worry thieves are about on the premises, stealing your vehicles, your kit or even your livestock.

"Rural crime really does start to effect people, if they know that people are on their land and are looking to see where they can steal - and their neighbours are having things stolen. So the impact is far more than the financial loss - it's this emotional impact as well."

7:01am 6th August 2013

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