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CCTV

CCTV

“CCTV has come along way in recent years and the latest generation of systems use analytics to detect if farmyard animals are wondering around or people and vehicles, sending a message to the owner if it believes it is the latter,” adds Mr Bishop.

 

He adds that CCTV is still one of the most effective ways of identifying thieves after the event, but any system needs to have a record function and checked regularly that it is doing so.


Beam alarms

Mr Bishop says: “Beam alarms are a very effective way of ascertaining if there is an intruder. Set at a height that will allow wildlife and dogs to go under undetected, depending on the complexity of the model they can be programmed to send an alert if a vehicle or person breaks the beam, or trigger flood lights, strobes or sirens, which more often than not are enough to startle and deter the criminal.

 

“Not only are beam alarms effective on perimeters, but also set up in open fronted barns and behind doors, alerting you if an intruder has accessed your buildings,” he adds.


Lighting

Mr Naylor says lighting is one of the best ways to deter criminals as typically they like to operate in the dark, so wiring systems that are automatically activated are an effective deterrent.

 

In addition, Mr Naylor says tannoy systems in the yard that can be used when an intruder is spotted is also a sure way to make them turn heel.


Corralling equipment

Corralling equipment

The third layer of security Mr Naylor advises to use is corralling all equipment into a central location. For tractors and machinery that might be into a locked shed, but for smaller items like hand and power tools, GPS receivers and even quads, having a strong room on the farm can be advantageous.

 

This can take many forms, including a shipping container with in a shed or a cage. Mr Naylor says with a decent padlock, thieves rarely like spending too much time in one location, trying to break a padlock, due to fear of being discovered from the noise involved in cutting or breaking it apart.


Marking and tracking

Marking and tracking

An extra layer of security for power tools that are an easily traded commodity for the thief, is to identity mark them. Like wise for fence energisers, chainsaws, pressure washers and lawn mowers using a soldering iron to inscribe the farm’s name and post code can put them off.

 

A more aesthetically pleasing method available is Cremark overt marking, that uses a marker pen to write the details and subsequently sprayed with a lacquer that is near impossible to remove, says Mr Naylor.

 

In addition, Smartwater type discreet marking can be used, but it does not have the same visual deterrent, however, can be used to repatriate stolen items with their rightful owner if discovered at a later date.

 

Mr Naylor also advocates the use of small GPS tracking devices that can be discreetly fitted into certain tools. Most are the size of a £2 coin or large postage stamp, so easy enough to hide in tool housings.

 

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