Six steps to improve security on your farm and slash rural crime
There are a number of key issues every farmer can improve on in order to make their farm more secure, according to An Garda Siochana. These include:
Restrict access to your yard. Install gates and fix them to a sturdy concrete or metal post. Keep them locked. Consider good quality locks, bolts and bars on doors and windows. Always secure your home by closing and locking windows and doors, even if you are going out for a short time. Don't hide spare keys outside. Don't leave ladders or other climbing aids lying around outside. Ensure windows, skylights and vents are protected from the burglar.
Fencing, hedges and walls should be robust, well maintained and checked regularly for breaches. A dog can be a noisy and frightening deterrent to any burglar.
Consider installing an alarm in vulnerable areas. An alarm will emit an audible warning and CCTV will provide surveillance on places out of view of the farmhouse. A visible intruder alarm will help deter thieves and provide internal protection for a building. Get specialist advice and shop around for best value.