Security of Farm Property and Detouring Crime


Farms as well as urban areas have crime involving vandalism, burglary and thief. Residences and farms are some of the main targets for burglary. About 60% of farm operators report that they have been victimized at least once during their farming years. Many of these farmers were victims of several different kinds of crimes and multiple instances of the same kinds of crimes over their years in farming. The most frequently damaged property involved Residence on Farmland and farm fences or gates. Other types of burglary and vandalism include Farm building(s), farm machinery, farm equipment, woods, livestock, and crops.

Lack of surveillance capability is a cause of a cause of a higher incidence of crimes of this type. For example, Amish do not have electricity and thus no electric lights. For this reason they have higher incidents of these crimes than those with electric lights on the property because it is easier for people to sneak up on the property in the dark when there are no electric lights.

Ways to Deter Criminals

There are some simple steps you can take to deter, deny, and delay a criminal from committing burglary on your property.

Lock doors – You should Install secured dead bolts on all exterior doors to your residence, barns, and other buildings on the property. You need to take steps to keep your property, trailers, stables, farm buildings; machinery, and livestock safe and protected from criminals. Protect your buildings and machinery from thieves by keeping them locked up when not in use. Make sure your equipment is kept in a building behind a sturdy locked door, or use a locked metal enclosure when unattended. But having locks installed is only part of the job – you must use them all the time to be successful. It is also imperative to add commercial locks for any sliding glass doors or use a rod in the track to stop burglars from prying it open.

Secure windows — Windows are another entry point of burglars so inspect your windows.- Windows can provide thieves with an open enticement, use metal grilles or bars to protect them from being points of entry. Add a sliding bolt to improve double-hung window safety. You need to pay particular attention to basement windows. Windows at ground or below ground level provide easy access points for burglars.

Install lighting — Illuminate your home, driveway, barns, and other buildings at night. Consider motion alarm sensors that turn on light when there is motion. Bright lights and good illumination will detour criminals causing them to think twice about approaching because they don’t want to be seen. It is also a good practice to use timers on a number of indoor lights in the home giving the impression that somebody is at home and active.

Secure perimeter — Securing the perimeter of your property and out buildings to help discourage thieves. Trim landscaping to increase visibility. Try to eliminate hiding places for possible burglars. This adds another level of protection. Check the fences and hedges around your property to locate weak locations that could provide criminals or vehicles with unobserved access. If possible make less vulnerable. Think about restricting admission at the entry to your property to stop unwanted vehicles entering.

Secure your machinery, vehicles and tools — Equipment, machinery and tools are very important to thieves so try to maintain them secure. Keep your vehicles locked or immobilized when they’re not being used. You should by no means leave your keys and valuables in cars, tractors and other vehicles or equipment. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. If burglars don’t see a reason to break in your vehicle they won’t.

Do not leaving machinery in secluded locations or fields primarily next to roads where they can be taken without notice.

Keep tools locked up when you’re not using them to prevent them from being stolen or having a burglar use them to gain entrance to your protected possessions.

Keep records — Keep a list of your tools along with any identifying marks and serial numbers.

Mark your tools and machinery so they are easily visibly identified. This not only acts to deter thieves, and also helps the law enforcement capture the criminals and reunite recovered stolen possessions to the rightful owner.

Assess your vulnerability – Evaluate the possible risk for burglary to better understand your situation. You might start an area watch group, and high-tech electronic alarm systems.

Use animals to help provide security – The use of a barking dog and other animals such as guinea fowl can help detour intruders and alert you of their presence.

This article has presented just a few basic options that can be used to assist you in making your property secure and reduce the likelihood of being targeted by burglars.

Buying Property And Moving To Bulgaria

Property Investment has been the incentive for most buyers in Bulgaria, with off-plan apartments and developments in Sofia, ski resorts in Bansko, Pamporovo and Black Sea resorts such as Sunny Beach and Golden Sands forming the bulk of the Bulgarian property sale. A new trend is emerging in the Bulgarian property sale as a growing number of Irish, British and Germans encounter the charms of this diverse country and opt to move there permanently. Sunny Beach on the Black Sea Coast has so far drawn the most buyers and investors, and signs of development are everywhere in this buzzing Black Sea resort. But when you head further along the coast, or just a few miles inland, you find a totally different Bulgaria where property prices are still low and houses can be bought for as little as 5000 euro.Recently many people opt for rural property and houses for sale in small villages.

Many buyers from West Europe are planning to retire in Bulgaria where the cost of living is so much cheaper and some are now simply letting their property back home as they can live well in Bulgaria on the rental income. Halfway between Sofia and the Black Sea Coast,is Veliko Turnovo, the former capital of Bulgaria, one of the country’s most ancient cities and attracts people who come here for architecture and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The old city itself is situated on four hills and on the banks of the Yantra River.

Here, property prices are lower than the Black Sea coast, typically starting from Euro 12000 for a rural traditional Bulgarian house, although it is still possible to find cheaper homes, but renovation costs can add a further euro 12,000. Many foreigners are buying in these regions, in surrounding villages such as Kapinovo, Mindia, Pchelishte, Ressen and Hotnitsa. To the west, villages such as Gostilitsa and Kereka have lovely south-facing views over the Stara Planina Mountains and attract buyers who find that they can still pick up traditional stone and wooden houses for under euro 10,000. About 120 km of Sofia you find Karlovo in the famous Valley of the Roses, and some very charming villages like Kliment,Karavelovo, Vujanovo where property can be bought for euro 5000. There are also the first time buyers who cant get on the property ladder back home,who renovate their Bulgarian property here and cash in on the equity released when they sell their Bulgarian property.Other areas to purchase Bulgarian property as an investment are Bansko,Kamchia,Bourgas,Sandanski,Borovetz,Plovdiv and the Black Sea coast.

Phoenix Investment Property and Current Market Trends

When is it safe to start investing in the Arizona real estate market? That depends on your strategy. There are advantages to investing in a real estate market that has hit bottom or just before or after the “true bottom.” Does anyone truly know where the bottom is? The only way to know for sure is when it’s on the way up.

The best way to insure safety in the market is to choose the type of investment to best fits your specific needs. You will want to determine the amount of time you plan on having your money and time invested, the amount of money you have to invest, cash versus financing, the best type of property, and the level of risk that’s acceptable to you.

If your investment goals are to buy and hold for income and future appreciation, The safest time to invest is when market values are within 5% of “hitting bottom”. I use 5% as a safe number because you will never truly be able to gauge the exact bottom until it is on it’s way up. 5% on either side of the market bottoming out is safe because it equals the same price whether it is obtained today or three months from now. Of course this only applies to holding long term. Based on current market conditions the buy and hold period should be a minimum of 5 years with 10 years being optimal for appreciation. The Phoenix market is ideally positioned for this type of investment right now.

If you’re interested in a “fix and flip” investment scenario, buying just after the bottom of the market has occurred is the safest time. Investing prior to the bottom can be profitable but you will want to be sure the market is not declining at a fast pace. Many people were caught in this part of the cycle in 2007 and 2008. Depreciation can still occur in small increments even when the market is almost level or at bottom. You will want to pay special attention to existing homes on the market including bank owned and short sale property. The law of supply and demand certainly applies to real estate in this scenario and inventory levels are more critical when you are buying and selling in a short period of time. Your goal for acquisition and disposition of this type of investment property should be a maximum of 90 days. Market timing is critical when buying and selling in the short term. There are opportunities to profit from investing in the Phoenix market right now but it must be approached with diligence and caution.

Once a market hits bottom it makes sense for investors to buy. There is a point where value is clear, and property makes sense as an investment thus stimulating sales. Homes in the lower price ranges now make sense for our investors and first-time homebuyers. The Phoenix market offers great value for move-up buyers also. Low interest rates also entice buyers to move forward. Short sales will continue to have a factor in our market for years to come. Luxury homes and commercial properties will still see adjustments in value in the coming months.

The wholesale market is strong right now with local and international investors purchasing trustee sales and bank owned properties. This business model works well for investors that are buying to hold long term and they are experiencing great returns they can not realize in the stock market or money markets. Self directed IRA’s are a popular tool again to fund real estate investments. There are opportunities in every market if you keep a careful eye on the trends and inventory.