8 Crime Prevention Tips for Farmers

Eoghan - Jan. 21, 2020, 1:53 p.m.

With the closure of nearly 140 rural Garda Stations since 2012 it is no surprise that there has been a sharp increase in the number of rural crimes committed over the same years. Many rural dwellers now live in a state of constant fear and anxiety as a result of feeling under siege due to lack of garda resources. In this article we share some simple tips you can implement to ensure you and your families live a safer and happier life.

  1. Make sure external doors on homes and outbuildings are solid wood or metal and have deadbolt locks.
  2. Don't contract people on farms that you don't know. People pretending to be sole traders offering a cheap price to do labour. It might sound like a cliché but if the price is too good to be true… it is too good to be true.
  3. Tattoo your equipment. The IFA has stencil kits that farmers can use to put a permanent mark on their equipment. Use Eircodes to mark your property - anything from a shovel to a tractor to a digger.
  4. Install bright outside lights and keep them on at night.
  5. Keep house driveway and other buildings well lit.
  6. Take photos of each piece of kit and keep a record of what you own.
  7. Get involved with your local community. Start or participate in a Neighbourhood Farm Watch Program. You’re a lot stronger if you pull together.
  8. Install motion sensors that set off lights or security cameras.