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NFU Rural Crime Report 2021

NFU Mutual have released the Rural Crime Report for 2021.

Rural theft cost the UK an estimated £43.3m in 2020, a decrease on the previous year. The reduction in the cost of rural theft is welcome news but last year was no ordinary year. Lockdown helped to lock criminals out of the countryside, and increased security on farms and rural policing played a role in the reduction.

However, highly-organise criminals continued to plague farmyards over the pandemic, stealing high-value farming Global Positioning Systems, quad bikes and ATVs as the cost of agricultural vehicle theft reported to NFU Mutual remained at over £9m.

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At uWatch, we have been developing a system which would help many of the issues raised in the report, fly-tipping, suspicious vehicles, GPS and vehicle theft. We have always been aware of the skilled and highly-organised nature of the criminals that we are up against, so we have created a twenty first century approach.

We are passionate about working together in local communities to fight rural crime and our Cube is police-approved.

Victims of rural crime who would usually use 101 and struggle to get through to someone actually on the front line. Our system could alert a local police officer within 25 seconds. Watch the video below to find out more or contact us on 01491 651229.

uWatch Ltd at the Security and Policing Home Office Event 2021

We are excited to be exhibiting at the Security and Policing Home Office event this year from 9-11 March. As a business we are heavily invested in improving national rural security through technology and see this event as a fantastic opportunity to share our passion with the wider sector.

We’ll be on-hand virtually to support the best we can and our virtual exhibition stand features information on our latest developments and products. Our team will be available on the platform throughout the event to assist with any questions.

You can find out more about the Security and Policing Home Office Event here, registration is open until Friday 5th March.

uWatch in the security sector

The uWatch systems empower the plethora of community “Watch” organisations to be the coordinated eyes and ears of regulatory and enforcement agencies, such as the environment or policing, to capture big data nationally and deliver intelligence and evidence locally, in seconds.  

Obsolete systems using slow, expensive call centres to report fly tipping, pavement fouling, minor theft, hare coursing, trespass, suspicious vehicles and the rest of non-serious crime, need to embrace the power of the smartphone, as Organised Crime does so effectively. The systems are delivered locally and nationally in the local user’s preferred language.

Interested in knowing more? Contact us today on 01491 651229 or

According to crime data, over 376,000 bicycles are stolen each year, roughly one every 90 seconds! This alarming figure is a huge concern for many. The Insurer Admiral reported that in June alone, reported bike thefts were up 46% on 2019. 

It was also reported that bike thefts now account for more than a third (37%) of all theft claims, up from 12% last year.

With an increase to outdoor exercise over the lockdown periods, bike retailers have been selling out of many models. Whilst this is good news for the nation’s fitness, more bikes are being stolen. Cyclists are therefore being warned to be vigilant, keep an eye out for thieves and step up their bike security. 

With people being encouraged to avoid public transport where possible with the second lockdown in England, we could expect to see a second surge in bike purchases, and consequently, bike thefts.

The Cube can help put the brakes on increasing theft by improving your bike’s security, keeping an eye on your bike whilst you can’t. The smart technology will send an alert to your smartphone within 30 seconds of an attempted break in to your shed, garage or storage location. 

When travel restrictions are lifted again, this security can accompany you on your travels as the cube is totally portable. The cube will give you peace of mind that your bike is safe whilst you’re away whether that be in your car, caravan site or holiday home.

The uWatch app also allows you to record your assets, keep descriptions and date/time stamped photos of your bike and other valuables. If your bicycle is stolen, you can escalate this information to the local police and your insurance company.

Contact Louis Bennet, Product Manager either by email or call 01491 651 229 and let us discuss your requirements.