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.
- Make sure external doors on homes and outbuildings are solid wood or metal and have deadbolt locks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Install bright outside lights and keep them on at night.
- Keep house driveway and other buildings well lit.
- Take photos of each piece of kit and keep a record of what you own.
- Get involved with your local community. Start or participate in a Neighbourhood Farm Watch Program. You’re a lot stronger if you pull together.
- Install motion sensors that set off lights or security cameras.