Theft from rural properties can include anything from tools, to firearms, to farm machinery. If you’re just starting to think about farm security, start by identifying where the critical assets are on your farm. Then, build a plan based on these locations and your budget. Security lights at building entrances and locks on doors and property entrance gates are a good first step.
There are very sophisticated systems that work with cameras, wireless technology and your smart phone. Brian Price is with a wireless video surveillance company called On Sight. He says agriculture can be a hostile environment with temperature and humidity extremes, and that can be a huge factor in the life of a camera.
"You can buy a camera off the internet, but to ensure that it’s up and running and well-maintained, it needs somebody to be working on it and looking at it from a health perspective constantly," says Price. "Every camera that we install, we maintain. If a camera goes down, we get an alert. And from that alert we reach out to the farmer and say, it appears this camera isn’t working. With your permission, we’d like to jump on the internet, take a look at the camera, reboot it if need be, and then at that point get the camera and system back up and going."
Edward DeSalle works with Net-Irrigate, the company that makes a product called “X-Proxy-Vibe.” When it detects vibration, it will signal your phone that something is amiss.
"You can stick it on diesel engines on the farm, electric motors, grain dryers. It’s magnetically mounted, you just slap and go. When it senses the transition of vibration to no vibration, it triggers a notification," says DeSalle.
Watch this Successful Farming video to find more tips on farm security and its implementation.