Warnings have been issued that rural crime in Moray can often have links to “serious and organised” gangs outside the region.
The cost of rural crime in Scotland was up 62.2% last year to more than £1.57 million, according to NFU Mutual.
Police are urging farmers to be vigilant after a spate of thefts in recent weeks.
Farm communities have been urged to be on the alert as sheep rustling increased sharply last year, according to a report.
An agricultural machinery dealership has thrown its weight behind the campaign to raise awareness of the crime wave sweeping parts of rural Scotland.
A leading Fife farmer has warned that the spate of tractor thefts in the area by organised criminal gangs has the potential to escalate into a “danger to life and limb”.
Increasing levels of criminality in the countryside have prompted the farmers’ union in England to call on Police and Crime Commissioners to make tackling rural crime a strategic objective all year round.
A well-known Aberdeenshire sheep breeder has backed a new partnership to tackle rural and remote crime.
A clampdown on rural crime has resulted in the cost of items stolen from farms falling by almost half over the past three years.
A new campaign encouraging members of the public to anonymously report illegal dumping of waste in farm buildings and warehouses has been launched by Crimestoppers.
Police are appealing for information after a spate of thefts from rural properties across the north east.
Efforts to tackle rural crime have resulted in a reduction in the number of tractor and quad bike thefts in Scotland, claims NFU Mutual.
Police are appealing to crofters after more than 30 Blackface sheep were stolen in the Highlands.
A man has been charged with stealing cattle, sheep dogs and farm vehicles worth more than £80,000 during a crime spree across the north-east.
A month-long campaign to tackle the blight of livestock worrying on Scottish farms and crofts has launched.
Prosecutors are to be given special training to deal with agricultural crime.
A new food crime unit being set up by Food Standards Scotland could be instrumental in finding the perpetrators behind sheep rustling incidents.
The cost of rural crime in Scotland fell by £100,000 last year, according to NFU Mutual figures.
With hare coursing and other rural crimes increasingly hitting the headlines an action group has chosen this weekend's Game Fair at Scone to launch a new and simple counter measure.
Industry bodies have teamed up with Police Scotland to launch a drive to reduce crime in rural areas.
The number of tractors stolen in Scotland rose by 10% last year, according to rural insurer NFU Mutual.
A north-east farmer fears he could be as much as £90,000 out of pocket after his flock of pregnant pedigree ewes was stolen.
The growing problem of rural crime has been exacerbated by the centralisation of Scotland's police force to become Police Scotland.