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 spiked by 12.6% per cent in 2021, costing farmers close more than $2.7 million. Despite significant financial losses, farm crime remains one of the most underreported offences to police. 

In partnership with Victoria Police, ‘Shut Out 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 and security stickers at upcoming events:

  • Farm World 2022, Thurs 24 – Sun 27 March 2022: Lardner Park
  • Seymour Alternative Farming Expo,1st – 3rd April 2022: Kings Park Seymour

Farm security checklist

To help navigate and secure the security of your farm, download a copy of Crime Stoppers Victoria’s farm security checklists.

You can download these checklists to print or use the form via your digital device.  
Click on either the checklist image or link below to view or download the documents:

  • Farm Security Checklist (Full) –  Download
  • Installing Security Locks Checklist  – Download
  • Installing Security Cameras Checklist –  Download
  • Installing Security Lighting Checklist –  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.  

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