Rural crime in Northern Ireland 'has risen by 15%'
The level of rural crime in Northern Ireland rose by 15% last year, according to a survey by a farming insurance firm.
The National Farmers' Union Mutual Insurance Society (NFU Mutual) said the most-commonly stolen items were livestock, tractors and farming tools.
The company conducts an annual UK-wide survey of the cost of rural crime.
It has estimated that it cost Northern Ireland's economy £3.9m last year, up from £3.4m in 2012.
Martin Malone, NFU Mutual manager for Northern Ireland, said: "The cost of claims is increasing as a result of more high-value items being stolen.
"That's why it's important to stay vigilant and fight rural crime."
He added: "Our experience with people who live and work in rural areas of Northern Ireland clearly shows that theft is more than just a setback - it can be devastating for businesses and families."
Last September, Stormont's Department of Agriculture released figures that said almost 9,000 cattle had been reported missing or stolen across Northern Ireland in a three-year period from 2010 to 2013.