Police are encouraging farmers to fit trackers on their tractors and quad bikes to help curb crime.
Aberdeenshire, Lanarkshire and Lothians and Borders areas have been the most consistently targeted by thieves over the course of the year.
The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) and Police Scotland are now urging more farmers to implement technology on their vehicles.
Inspector Alan Dron, Scotland Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) coordinator, said: “This year SPARC’s focus is crime prevention – helping farmers make it much harder for criminals to steal through improved security measures and more effective use of rural watch schemes.
“As a result, more farmers are now fitting trackers which have resulted in us capturing more of the criminals involved.”
Through tracking technology, officers now know a “significant number” of those committing rural crimes in Scotland are located in the north east of England – and the Cleveland and County Durham areas in particular.
For more information on rural crime and preventative measures, visit nfumutual.co.uk.