Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Thefts from Farms & Outbuildings

In recent weeks there have been a number of thefts from farms and outbuildings within Aller Parish. 
Police crime prevention advice for preventing theft from farms and outbuildings
Around your farm yard, in your barns and outbuildings there is valuable equipment that will appeal to thieves - e.g. power tools, quad bikes, machinery and diesel. Isolated buildings,
machinery and livestock present the greatest risk.
Farm Buildings
• Make sure valuable equipment is stored in a secure building behind a strong locked door, or use a
metal cage and keep it locked when unattended.
• When not in use, lock doors to outbuildings at all times. If equipment is in a barn or rick yard secure
it with gates, an alarm or security beams.
• Use locks that comply with the British Standards, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks.
• Windows can be an open invitation to thieves - protect them with metal bars or grilles.
• Improve security for your diesel & fertiliser (see fact sheets on Fuel Theft and Security of Fertilisers).
Farmhouses
Farmhouses are often in isolated locations and can be vulnerable to crime if not properly secured.
• Make sure that doors are kept locked - even when you are on the premises.
• Fit locks to all ground floor windows.
• Make sure doors and windows are well maintained and in a good state of repair.
• Fit mortice deadlocks that comply with the British Standards to all external doors and reinforce with
locking bolts.
• Investing in timers that turn lights on and off inside the house if you go out at night and consider
installing security lighting outside.
• Consider fitting an alarm.

More advice can be found at Farm Watch .To join the Farm Watch Scheme or for more information please email ruralcrimeteam@avonandsomerset.police.uk.

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