A rural crime spree has struck the normally tranquil Angus Glens and put farmers and gamekeepers on red alert.
Police have advised rural properties to secure belongings after a quad bike and gardening tools were stolen.
Perthshire farmers are being warned to be on their guard after £13,000 of sheep were stolen from a farm near Falkirk.
Significant sentences are now being handed down to the criminal gangs and individuals behind rural crime, police chiefs have said.
Sheep have been killed in what police have described as a "livestock worrying" incident at a farm in Kinross-shire.
A new task force has been set up in an effort to protect homes and businesses across Perth and Kinross from rising levels of rural crime.
Rural communities across Highland Perthshire have been warned they may be unnecessarily putting themselves at risk of crime.
Rural crime cost Scotland £1.7m in 2015, new figures have revealed.
Eight dogs were shot in Fife between 2011-2015 while in the process of sheep worrying, Police Scotland confirmed at a rural crime conference in Perth.
A major police operation to tackle a spike in Perthshire's rural crime has halved the number of incidents reported in less than six months.