Protecting your farm from rural crime
14 June 2017

Protecting your farm from rural crime

For farmers, land-owners and residents of rural areas, the security of your property and assets is likely to have become a cause for concern.

It’s no wonder either, with the cost of rural crime in the UK amounting to tens of millions of pounds every year. According to a 2016 report by insurance specialists, NFU Mutual, Gloucestershire alone witnessed a 36% rise in the cost of rural crime to the county.

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The fight to reduce rural crime

Victims of rural crime commonly suffer from the theft of valuable tools, machinery, fuel and livestock - all of which criminals look to sell-on for profit. Other crimes experienced include fly-tipping, vandalism and arson. Increasingly, action is being taken to reduce the amount of rural crime taking place, such as targeted Police work and new safety campaigns, which focus on analysing criminal trends and encouraging rural communities to take better precautions.

Using security to keep your farm or rural property safe

Many have turned to improving their security measures as a way of deterring criminal activity and protecting their assets. The latest security systems are designed to alert you to any sign of criminal activity, and to act as a deterrent to help prevent you from being targeted in the first place. This alone can make security a worthwhile investment.

What types of security technology are available?

Rural security solutions take into account the fact these areas are often remote, and can suffer from a lack of infrastructure. To combat this, there are now systems available that use wireless technology which requires no mains power or connectivity. A combination of intruder detection, CCTV cameras and lighting products are being installed to protect perimeters, storage buildings and vulnerable assets. Video alarms with built-in, motion sensing cameras can even send you instant footage as soon as any suspicious activity is detected.

Security systems linked to 24-hour monitoring services ensure you are informed immediately of an alarm activation, so the right response can be initiated fast. You can also choose to have your systems linked to the Emergency Services, who can attend directly under certain conditions.

Who can you go to for advice?

For advice on security for your farm or rural property, we're always available to offer free surveys and recommendations. You may wish to benefit from the knowledge of one of our experienced advisors, who can visit you to discuss your individual needs, and identify appropriate solutions to enhance your protection.

If you have any concerns or would like further information on rural security, call our team on 01452 372626 or enquire online here.

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