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The following page takes a look at the most commonly stolen items of property and proposes a number of measures you might wish to explore. In addition to the information given below it is clearly sensible to make sure that the perimeters to yards and fields have appropriately secured gates, fencing and/or hedging to keep out casual intruders. Further information about this will appear here soon.
Tools and Power Tools
- Keep them in a locked and secure building when not in use. Security can be further improved if the building is alarmed and contains a secure inner cage or storeroom in which to keep the various tools. Secure inner ‘rooms’ are intended to frustrate and slow down the intruder whilst waiting for attendance to an alarm activation. CCTV and external lighting on the building may be appropriate in some circumstances
- Mark them with a proprietary marking kit and or (at the very least) engrave them with your farm’s postcode followed by the first two letters of the farm’s name. It may be appropriate to take photographs of some tools and keep a detailed inventory of them remembering to record the various serial numbers. Some people have even brightly painted their tools in order that they stand out. Not a bad idea since most tools are not sold on by their owners, but used until they break or wear out and are replaced
Plant and Machinery, including Tractors and Quads
- When not in use and wherever possible keep plant and machinery in a locked and secure building. Security can be further improved if the building is alarmed and contains a secure inner cage or storeroom in which to keep smaller items of machinery. Furthermore, certain items of plant and machinery can be chained and padlocked. Secure inner ‘rooms’ and chaining are intended to frustrate and slow down the intruder whilst waiting for attendance to an alarm activation. CCTV and external lighting on the building may be appropriate in some circumstances
- Secure or immobilise vehicles or equipment when not in use both inside the secure building and when left outside between uses. Try not to leave plant and machinery in fields, but if this is necessary keep them well away from roads.
- Mark, paint, engrave plant and machinery and make a note of any serial numbers
- Register and protect your plant and machinery with CESAR, a security system supported by the police service. The system supplier for the scheme is Datatag ID Ltd. CESAR is an equipment registration and security scheme using Datatag hi-tech security markings that acts as a powerful deterrent to theft and an invaluable aid in recovery in the event of theft. Go to the CESAR scheme website to learn about how you can protect your plant and machinery. Plant and machinery registered and protected through the CESAR scheme is four times less likely to be stolen and six times more likely to be recovered.
- Vehicles, such as Tractors, 4X4s and Quads can be fitted with tracking devices to deter theft and aid recovery. The keys to such vehicles must be kept on the person when not in use. Keys should not be left lying around and spare keys should be kept in a safe.
- Isolate electrical power to the tank