Farmers need to be vigilant

by Mike Isle

The recent theft of cattle from two Banks Peninsula properties has highlighted the need for security on farms say police.

Theft of stock and farm machinery is on the rise, but there are measures farmers can take to protect their properties Police say.

Security options for farmers to consider include installing CCTV or wireless alert systems, which can activate an alarm in the farmhouse if an intruder is in or around farm sheds.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neville Jenkins, who is investigating the cattle thefts on Banks Peninsula, says such devices are highly effective and can even monitor wide areas where there is no cell coverage.

Local security consultant, Jarrod Owens of West Melton-based One Vision, agrees. He says farm CCTV is a worthwhile investment, and one of the most effective deterrents against theft is signage stating a farm has security cameras.

Sergeant Jenkins says that farmers should also look out for unusual activity surrounding their farms—not only on the farms themselves.

He gives as examples a vehicle parked on a rural road, a drive-by at odd times of the night or even people walking around who look out of place. All of which could point to criminals checking out a farm for a potential crime. 

Sergeant Jenkins says it is it is better to be safe than sorry and he urges farmers and rural communities to report suspicious activity to Police.