The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Lights and Locks." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2014 January issue.
Rural Security Planning: Protecting Family, Friends and Farm
By: Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service
There are various approaches that you can take to protect people, property, and other assets; and whether you ultimately choose a high-tech electronic system or just locks and lights, you must plan your approach and adopt the procedures necessary to implement it.
Study your situation and identify any assets that might be threatened, establish the measures that you feel are adequate to protect those assets (such as installing equipment), and implement your system by training and assigning personnel to manage it. Your strategy and security design should be commensurate with perceived security risks and the assets to be protected.
How Secure Is Your Farm?
By: Oregon State University
s your farm protected against "everyday" crime? How about agroterrorism? The measures to take to protect your land and property from both types of crime are similar and well worth the effort to put in place. An effective plan should consider security of property as well as biosecurity issues. This list is not exhaustive; it should serve as a starting place for you to develop your own farm security plan. Use this checklist.
Farm & Ranch Security
By: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Farm and ranch security is a growing concern in the United States. Common threats include biological, chemical, radiological, theft of supplies, equipment and materials, and property damage. Perpetrators may include a terrorist group, extremist organization, drug manufacturers, or ill-intentioned individuals. These groups see farms and ranches as an easy target due to their remote locations, easy access, and lack of surveillance.