IT IS cold comfort to Noel Ball that the release of the latest crime statistics shows a drop in theft and break and enters over the past 12 month period.
Two weeks ago a shed on his Leeville property was broken into and a bobcat was stolen.
The bright yellow diesel Mustang 940 skid steer loader was worth about $15,000, according to Mr Ball.
"Someone knew it was in the shed and knew how to take it," he said.
Despite Mr Ball's cattle property being out of the way and the machine locked in a shed, he said that was obviously not a guarantee of security.
"You take a look at farms when you drive along these roads and there is machinery and valuable items left out everywhere," he said.
"I had a friend at Busbys Flat who had a water tank and two gates stolen around the same time my bobcat went.
While theft on rural properties seems commonplace, Mr Ball urged landholders to take precautions.