Police estimate that almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years.
As we reported on Lookaround last night, the Police have launched a week-long campaign to highlight the issue - officers have been at Kendal Auction Mart today.
Our Rural Affairs Correspondent, Tim Backshall, reports.
Almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years, according to Cumbria police.
The force has launched Operation Ambient to raise awareness.
They have been patrolling at Kendal auction Mart to look for stolen animals and to talk to farmers about the problem.
Many of them, like Andrew Allen, who farms near Windermere, have had livestock stolen.
Andrew Allen is a farmer from the Lyth Valley, near Windermere.
He had over 40 sheep stolen from his farm four years ago and is welcoming Cumbria Police's new campaign to tackle rural crime.
Police are at the Kendal Auction Market today speaking to farmers as part of their campaign to tackle rural crime.
The campaign also hopes to encourage local communities to get in contact with the police and report suspicious behaviour.
Over the past three years more than £400,000 worth of livestock has been stolen from the Border region.
Superintendent Gary Slater tells ITV Border about the wider problems associated with rural crime.
Cumbria Police are asking the community to help them tackle sheep and livestock thefts in rural areas.
The force have launched a week of action to raise the profile of livestock crime in rural areas.
It follows the announcement that over the past three years more than £400,000 worth of livestock has been stolen.
– Temporary Detective Sergeant Andrew Lamb
"It is key for us to work together to put a stop to this type of rural crime.
“When people see something out of place or someone acting suspiciously I urge them to contact Cumbria Police through the non-emergency 101 number straight away.
"This will help us to help protect them, prevent offences and prosecute offenders."