Americana: Agricrime

Want to escape the fear of crime in the city and buy a safe, thriving farm? Better think twice. In Ohio, crime in nine agricultural counties has risen 305% since 1963. In Kansas and California, farm machinery is being engraved with identification numbers to discourage gangs of highly organized thieves from stealing and then fencing such heavy booty. Up to now, it has been easy to get rid of a $34,000 bulldozer quickly at a very substantial discount: say, for $4,000.

Agricrime has become so bad in the state of California that the annual...

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