Hundreds of farmers have received a visit from police to help step up security.
A total of 241 farms in rural parts of Northumberland were visited by officers over two weeks last month to make sure they have adequate security in place and to pass on crime prevention tips.
Almost all of the farmers were already involved in the Farm Watch scheme, but those who weren’t were encouraged to sign up.
The initiative also saw roadside checks carried out by motor patrols staff, supported by Cumbria Police and VOSA.
In all, 48 vehicles were stopped and four were dealt with for road traffic offences.
Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: “Criminals will travel long distances to steal from farms in rural locations, taking advantage of the trusting nature of these communities. With that in mind, officers have been visiting farms to make sure their properties are safe and secure.
“I’m pleased to say that the vast majority were secure and made sure they weren’t leaving any valuable or other items on show that could be stolen or used by thieves to break into a property. The handful of farms that had poor security were given advice on how to prevent crime.”
In the fortnight leading up to the operation there were ten rural crimes reported in the area, but during it there were only two.
Insp Oates said: “I’d like to reassure our rural communities that this activity will continue across the county over the summer to make sure we are deterring, targeting and tackling travelling criminals.”