At one time, the farm was viewed as a safe place to raise a family. However, in this day and age, there is no certain location in our world that is guaranteed safe from crime. Studies show that rural residents are ten times more likely to be a victim of a crime than they were twenty-five years ago.
People who make their lives on the farm must now take preventative steps to eliminate the losses that occur from the rising number of rural burglaries and thefts. Listed below are two programs that you can put to use on your rural farm and property that will enhance the security of your home as well as your equipment.
All equipment and property should be marked individually and independently from the factory serial number. The most beneficial and successful type of marking would be the owner number system. The system utilizes a nine character code as follows.
The first two characters are the farmer’s initials. The next two characters would be the first two letters of the county in which the farm is located, followed by the two letter code for the state. The last three digits should be a numbering system for your equipment, starting with 001. For effective record keeping, you should follow a sequential numbering system.
Example: Farmer John Doe of Bollinger County, Missouri, has three tractors that he
wants to mark. The number for the first tractor would be as follows:
Note: After you have numbered each piece of equipment on your farm, it is very important that you keep records of all pieces of equipment. The records should include both your owner-assigned numbers and the factory serial number. These numbers will assist the police in locating your property. Owner numbers should be embedded in the metal where possible. This will make it harder for the thief to destroy the number. A punch alphabet/number engraving is recommended for this system.
To implement the agricultural zone security plan, the landowner surveys the property and identifies areas or zones that share common security problems.