12 July, 2012
Farms and rural properties have often
been a honey pot for the opportunist thief. In the current
financial climate fuel, oil and metal are very lucrative
commodities and livestock, machinery, tools and equipment are
relatively easy to "sell-on". Farms and rural property are also
easily accessible playgrounds for ne'er do wells looking for cheap
entertainment and this can result in petty damage, mindless
vandalism and even arson.
There are obvious practical steps you can take to reduce the
likelihood of this sort of crime affecting you such as locking
buildings, securing machinery and tack, keeping tools hidden from
view and improving and maintaining boundary gates and fences.
However, even with these precautions in place farms and rural
locations are inherently difficult to secure effectively, being
large open areas with isolated buildings which house high value
assets. Protecting against theft and damage can be easier said than
Technology may well provide part of the solution. For some years
portable standalone high definition cameras have been used by the
BBC Natural History Unit to track animals and develop story lines
for their blue chip "Life" series. Recently this technology has
been adapted to create high definition security cameras
specifically for rural security applications.
There are several benefits in using these security cameras to
monitor your land. They don't need to be plugged in or have cabled
communication and can be left in the field for over 1½ years
without changing batteries. It records pin-sharp images with sound,
but most importantly it contacts you via email or mobile phone
within 10 seconds if something unusual is noticed by the camera.
This means you can immediately respond to any potential dangers
wherever you are.
These cameras are often a more cost effective way of monitoring
many remote rural locations than installing conventional CCTV
systems which can be very expensive and difficult to set up and
If you find it hard to secure your property it may be worth
looking into this method of rural security. However, even with this
sort of technology in place, it is important to protect your
business by taking all necessary precautions.
Luke Sanger is a consultant for Country
Watch. If you feel that specific advice on monitoring or
security would be useful to you then Country Watch can advise.