Farmers are still feeling anxious, due to ongoing fears of rural crime.
In the North, there are claims that farmers have no option but to consider turning their properties into fortresses, in order to protect themselves, according to Breakingnews.ie
Machinery and Livestock remain the major targets.
According to UFU President, as stated in the NFU Mutal Rural Crime Report, the land border with the Republic is identified as the region held responsibility, making it ‘easier for criminals to escape.’
The President added that emphasis will be placed on specified efforts, including the value on trailer-marking, freeze-branding for cattle and the recommendation of trackers to locate stole machinery and farm vehicles.
This comes in response to a new report which unveiled that in the 2016 calendar, Rural Crime cost a whopping £2.5million.
This figure is down by from £3.0 million in 2015.
In the full geographical area of the UK, rural crime totted up a notable expense of £39.2 million.
While rural crime incidents decreased by 4.3% in comparison to figures from the previous years, the financial cost continued to soar.
NFU Mutual has invested £1 million in efforts to tackle rural crime.
Northern Ireland Rural Crime Partnership possesses the responsibility to report any Rural Crime incidents across Northern Ireland.