Police are advising Northumberland residents to keep their tools safe and secure when working outside.
With warmer temperatures and longer hours of sunlight, there is more activity on farms and other land across the county involving the use of expensive tools and machinery.
While it can be tempting to leave expensive tools outside, or even overnight, while work is under way, this can be a boon for the opportunist thief.
Superintendent Andy Huddleston said: “While the spring weather means longer working hours for the farming community, it can also encourage criminals, opportunist thieves, to venture outdoors to see what they can find lying around to steal.
“We want to remind people to keep tools safe and secure when they’re not being used, especially after finishing work for the day.
“Expensive power tools and machinery can easily add up to hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
“We would encourage people to take extra security measures around their land and outbuildings.
“It’s worth spending a little on simple security devices to save a lot in the future.
“We also want people to be vigilant and call the police if they see any suspicious activity around their land or a neighbour’s property. Reporting this kind of behaviour helps us to prevent crimes.”