Farm Crime

What is farm crime?

Farm crime includes theft and stolen property offences from stolen livestock to firearms, equipment, tools, machinery, and chemicals. 

Livestock theft in Victoria has spiked by 2 per cent in 2021, costing farmers close to two million dollars. Despite significant financial losses, farm crime remains one of the most underreported offences to police. 

In partnership with Victoria Police, ‘Putting a Spotlight on Farm Crime’ is a campaign that encourages farmers to take safety measures in protecting their property and to report what they know to Crime Stoppers. For more about the campaign, view the media release here.

To help boost security on rural properties, Crime Stoppers is providing free farm gate signs available through the request form below. 

The signs are 1 x per person and available ONLY at Benalla Police Station, Hamilton Police Station, and Pakenham Police Station


Once your request is submitted, you will be contacted when your farm gate sign is available for pick-up. 

Farm security checklist

To help navigate and secure the security of your farm, download the Crime Stoppers Victoria farm security checklist.

You can download the checklist to print or use the form via your digital device.  

Click on either the checklist image or link below to view or download the document. 

Farm Security Checklist PDF Download

What Does ‘farm crime’ activity look like? What should I report to Crime Stoppers? 

  • Second-hand tools, equipment or machinery that does not have authenticity or if selling cheap. It could be stolen and buying and selling stolen goods is illegal.   
  • Suspicious stolen livestock that is not tagged (NLIS) and is selling cheap online or advertised via local newspaper.
  • Suspicious drone activity, trespassing or illegal shooting on your property or nearby. 
  • Suspicious vehicles driving near or onto your property (multiple times a day or week). 
  • Unknown person/s loitering near gates, sheds, and paddocks. 
  • Broken gate or security locks or attempted break-ins. 

Are you a victim of farm crime? Report as soon as possible by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.  

need some help? watch the videos below for some useful tips

Report Farm Crime

If you know about a crime – report it. If you have a suspicion about a crime – report it.
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