Crime Prevention Advice
Practical Advice on protecting your equipment and your business.
A farmer’s property is normally spread over many acres with most stock and equipment portable and easy to steal. Most farms are easy to enter, making total security impossible. However much can still be done to reduce the risks:
- Unless you are going through them, gates should be shut at all times.
- If your gates are not automatic, then consider having them automated. It is not as expensive as you may think.
- Automatic gates and barrier systems can be installed even if there is no mains power. This is achieved using solar charged systems.
- Gate hinges should be of the capped or inverted type to prevent easy removal.
- Make regular checks to see if they have been tampered with.
- Mark all your gates to make them unique to your farm.
- Use good quality chains and padlocks on your field gates.
- When possible, lock tools and small items of machinery inside a secure building. Install locks on all the doors as this will confuse the intruder as to which building contains the valuable items.
- To prevent the theft of batteries, tools and accessories, avoid leaving tractors and other farm implements in fields.
- Do not leave tractors and other equipment with GPS systems out in the field.
- Keep valuable machinery away from public roads when not in use.
- Consider making a secure cage or structure for smaller items, which should be sited within a secure and alarmed building.
- Record the make and serial number of power tools. Also photograph them – an up-to-date inventory is vital.
- Mark or stamp easily removed items with your postcode, followed by the first two letters of your farm’s name, or other identifying marks.
- Try to keep fuel storage tanks out of view of public areas.
- Consider installing an alarm system to monitor your buildings and machinery and fuel storage tanks. Wireless alarm systems can be installed to monitor a large area without cables etc. alarm systems can report straight to a landline or mobile phone. Mains power is not essential; systems can be powered from batteries with solar charging. Reporting is via GSM communicators.
- Consider CCTV, ideally to identify offenders but also to allow you to monitor the farm remotely. Pictures can be sent direct to your mobile phone or PC. A phone line is not required; systems can be viewed remotely using GSM technology.
Report any suspicious activity either to the police on 101 or to Farmwatch on 01603 758158 or to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111