It has been reported that householders in Thatcham, Berkshire recently awoke to find that up to 30 gates had been stolen from properties where they were fitted leaving residents in shock as to the sheer audacity of removing such a large number of items.
However when you consider that scrap metal prices have reached an all time high, it comes as no surprise that thieves are getting bolder and bolder in their efforts to earn a dishonest living.
With many of the garden gates being stolen costing in excess of £50 each, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that a pretty good haul was gotten away with leaving residents insurance companies to pick up the bill.
One resident was reported to have said -
“We only recently installed our custom made gate. Its removal has left us feeling vulnerable and uneasy in our own home.”
With millions of pounds worth of metal and copper proving irresistible in any number of quiet locations around the country, the NFU Mutual insurers latest figures estimate that between January and June there we 507906 crimes committed in the countryside. This is in comparison to just over 195000 over the previous 6 months. This alarming figure can in some part be attributed to large scale raids on isolated farms where criminals will take all manner of gates, fencing and agricultural equipment.
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