Rural Business Focus Podcast

The man on a mission to tackle rural crime – with Mick Hawkes

Ex-SAS military adviser Mick Hawkes and his daughter have launched a new business specialising in improving farm security and preventing rural crime. After 22 years working in corporate security following 24 years in the military, Mick Hawkes returned to rural Herefordshire and realised how much of an issue rural crime was. Rural theft across the UK cost an estimated £40.5m in 2021, according to NFU Mutual’s annual report, with thieves targeting fuel, livestock and machinery. And, the cost increased by over 40% in the first quarter of 2022. Mick offers advice on farm safety as well as personal safety training for farmers and farm workers. 

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