Crime can be a major problem on your farm: someone comes onto your property and steals valuable tools, copper from your irrigation system or livestock. Unfortunately, there usually isn’t a huge police force to back you up in rural areas, so security and crime prevention generally fall on your shoulders.
Conduct a Security Survey
Conducting a Security Survey is a great way to look for vulnerabilities in your current security system. Starting from the farthest edges of your property, move inward. Take notices of how many barrier there are toy your movement, and the strength of those barriers to prevent intrusion. Are there fences that need repair? Do you have No Trespassing signs placed aggressively at entry points? Is there sufficient lighting around buildings and sheds?
You should conduct a Security Survey every 6 months to make sure that your property is properly secured.
Start a Farm Watch
In this line of business, farmers often already have solid networks in place. Use those connections to help each other report and prevent crime. Take advantage of the internet and form an online group where you and other farmers can post information, and trade knowledge about farm security. Try to get a local law enforcement member or two to join your group.
Are you using the owner applied number system? You should be. By applying your unique id number to tools and equipment, you’re discouraging theft as well as ensuring the return of your items should they be taken and recovered.
You can also mark your livestock. When you do, put up signs that relay that information to intruders. Knowing that you’ve marked your property is a solid bit of discouragement for thieves.
There’s really no getting around it, some areas of your farm will likely need camera/video surveillance. Think about the areas of your property which house the most valuable tools and equipment. Place cameras that record 40 pixels or more at locations around those areas that are sure to catch intruders. Most of these systems can even send streaming video or photos to your smartphone so you can monitor your farm on the go.
While it can be annoying to deal with constantly locking and unlocking padlocks and deadbolts, it is a necessary evil. Make sure you are using and protecting your locks. You can weld a metal cover over the hasp of a padlock to prevent the use of bolt cutters and significantly bolster your security.
There’s a reason thieves like to strike at night: they fear bright lights. Place lighting around all essential areas. You can set your lights on an automatic timer or use motion detector lights, but try to avoid manually turning on your lighting. You don’t want to chance leaving your lights off.
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All access roads needs to have gates. When you conduct your security survey, take note of any gate hinges that could be easily removed. You can come back and secure those hinges and make a stronger barrier to unauthorized entry. Secure all your gates with chains and locks. You can even top them with barbed wire.
Pivots or Plastic
With the costs of metals on the rise, preventing theft of copper wiring and metal piping is especially important. You can purchase alarms that are designed to detect tampering in your irrigation systems to help combat this problem. In some cases, you can also switch from metal to plastic. Plastic isn’t quite as effective as metal, but no one is going breach your security to make off with your plastic pipes or pieces.
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