While most people associate agriculture with the nation’s heartland, our home state of New Jersey has more than 9,071 farms covering 715,057 acres of farmland. With this massive amount of agricultural land, farms have become a clear target for burglary and other rural crime. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to deter and prevent rural theft. Below, we’ll run you through a few options and show you exactly how you can make your farm a safer and more secure place.
Intrusion alarms aren’t just for use in standard commercial buildings or residential homes. They are the ideal tool for anyone who wants to detect unwanted entries. If you own a farm, you most likely have multiple buildings spread out across your land. Many of your outbuildings might be out of your view or earshot at any given time, making them a perfect target for an opportunistic thief. Without an intrusion alarm notifying you of a break-in, you could risk losing thousands of dollars in materials, tools, and equipment.
Standard intrusion alarm systems can mitigate this risk with professionally-installed motion detectors, glass break detectors, and door contacts. Motion detectors can alert you to an unwanted presence in or around your property, glass break detectors can notify you of a window or other glass access point being broken, and door contacts can tell you when someone opens a door (if your alarm has been armed). And because you can choose to receive notifications on your smart device when an alarm is triggered, you’ll be aware of a break-in even if you are miles away.
Standalone Video Verification
You’ll want to protect your outdoor assets such as crops, farm equipment, and livestock. Video verification is the best way to do it. A standalone video verification security service gives you complete wireless control in areas that don’t have buildings; with motion-activated cameras that will alert you to intruders. How does it work?
- An alarm is triggered on your property. Your video verification cameras record footage of what triggered the alarm and send the footage to your security company’s monitoring center.
- The footage is reviewed and is confirmed as either a false alarm, which is more likely in an outdoor situation, or a crime-in-progress.
- If it is verified as a crime-in-progress, law enforcement officials respond as soon as possible.
You might be asking yourself: “Why is this necessary?” Well, false alarms are incredibly common to intrusion/burglary systems. Alarms can also be triggered by animals, weather conditions, and wayward objects. Regardless, the number of false alarms has led police to give priority to alarms that have been verified. In fact, police respond 85% faster to verified alarms than they do to unverified alarms. This increased response time can mean the difference between catching a culprit and them getting away with thousands of dollars in property. Take a look at this article to see an example of where video verification was needed in an orchard, but unfortunately not in place.
Video Surveillance systems are a fantastic way to deter theft. And that isn’t speculation. The UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice performed a survey in which 60% of convicted burglars said they would look for security cameras before moving forward with a crime, and 40% said the presence of security cameras would motivate them to seek an easier target. More than a deterrent though, a surveillance system can help you obtain evidence if a crime occurs on your property. After a break-in, surveillance footage may help identify a suspect and assist the police in making a conviction. This footage may also come in handy if you need to provide visual evidence of a break-in for an insurance claim.
Many security companies (such as Supreme), offer remote monitoring. This service allows you to monitor one or multiple locations where you have cameras installed all at once. If you have multiple facilities containing valuable property, this will allow you to check on each of them throughout your day. Overall, video surveillance is a great tool for combating theft on your land. You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can have eyes on everything that matters.
Fire and CO Detection
So far we have discussed two methods for mitigating the risk of burglary, but security is about more than preventing theft. In 2017, natural disasters cost American agriculture roughly $5 billion dollars. High among these disasters were fires caused by natural weather conditions. That is why we recommend that all of our agricultural clients invest in custom fire and CO detection systems. Fires can be absolutely devastating for farms with the potential loss of livestock, crops, buildings, and equipment. You’ll want a system that detects a fire quickly and allows you to respond fast. Here at Supreme, we can help you design a solution that is tailored to your specific needs. We will ensure that your detection devices are strategically placed to enable a quick reaction by both you and emergency responders.
Make Your Farm Safe and Secure
Outfitting your farm, orchard or horse ranch with the right security equipment is no small job. With multiple buildings spread out at varying distances, and with the unique mixture of workers, animals, and equipment, you need a solution that will improve your security while allowing you to maintain your normal daily processes. We at Supreme can help. We’ve worked with farms across the region to build custom systems that fit our customers perfectly, and we would love to do the same for you. Just click here to reach out to us.