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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Brant Detachment is urging local farmers to take proactive steps to protect their properties, following an increase in rural crime incidents. In collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), the OPP is sharing key recommendations to enhance farm security and prevent theft.

The OFA’s “Securing Your Assets” fact sheet highlights several strategies to deter trespassers and thieves:

1.   Signage: Post “No Trespassing” and biosecurity signs at all entrances to signal that unauthorized access is not permitted. These signs are vital for building a case with law enforcement if trespassing occurs.

2.   Control Entry: Install gates, chains, and visitor logbooks at main entry points to monitor and control access to your property. Clear boundaries help prevent unauthorized entry.

3.   Locks: Secure all buildings, barns, and equipment with high-quality locks. This simple step can significantly reduce the risk of theft.

4.   Lighting: Use motion-sensor and timer lights to ensure your property is well-lit, especially around entrances and exits. Good lighting deters criminals who prefer to operate under the cover of darkness.

5.   Surveillance Systems: Install surveillance cameras and alarms. These systems act as both a deterrent and a means to identify intruders. Modern systems allow remote monitoring via mobile devices or computers.

6.   GPS Tracking: Equip large farm equipment with GPS trackers. These devices help quickly locate and recover stolen items by providing real-time tracking.

7.   Tool Identification: Etch identification marks on tools and equipment. Keep an inventory with details such as models, serial numbers, and replacement values. This aids in recovery if theft occurs.

8.   Awareness: Be vigilant and report suspicious activity to the police immediately. Keep records of suspicious vehicles or individuals, including descriptions and license plate numbers.

9.   Community Engagement: Build a relationship with local OPP officers. Regular communication and familiarity with law enforcement can be invaluable in preventing and responding to rural crime.

For more detailed information and to access the OFA’s “Securing Your Assets” fact sheet, visit the Ontario Federation of Agriculture website. Farmers are also encouraged to download and use the suspicious incident form provided by the OFA to document and report any suspicious activities.   

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