Power tools have been identified as a target of thieves in the agricultural areas of the UK.
According to research from NFU Mutual, theft to agriculture sites cost £52.7 million last year alone.
And power tools topped the list of most stolen items along with fuel and quad bikes often used for farming.
"It is a sad fact but the countryside has long been seen as an easy target for criminals,” Lindsay Sinclair, from NFU Mutual said.
“Encouragingly, country folk are not taking the blight lying down, fighting back with both high-tech security measures as well as more innovative schemes.”
Power tools are expensive yet necessary items for farmers and agricultural workers.
If you are located in the country and have power tools there are steps you can take to keep them safe from thieves.
About 71 per cent of this agricultural theft occurs at night, ensure at the end of every day that tools are locked away in a shed or a specific area of the property.
Prevention is better than cure and the research shows that high-tech security measures like CCTV and tracker devices, as well as physical security measures such as locks and alarms are more effective in stopping thieves than a greater police presence.