Security of Farm Property and Detouring Crime

Introduction

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.
Summary

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.