When thinking of farm insurance most farmers and smallholders consider risks other than crime first. However, sad as it may be, crime is a factor which affects farmers – possibly more than the general population as farms may provide a bigger and more vulnerable target than domestic properties.
The police provide advice to Farmers around the country with Farmwatch schemes and email based crime news services which farmers can subscribe to.
- For an example of the type of advice published by police forces for rural areas please see leaflet Protecting your Farm – Keep it Safe, Hidden & Locked published by Cumbria Farmwatch
- An extract from a recent email update for the Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway district is shown below. It details the current trends and threats affecting the area and provides some useful guidance about how to minimise the threat of crime and how to maximise the chance of catching the culprits.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop or reduce crime considerably, catch more criminals more quickly and only need to fall back on insurance very occasionally.
Extract from email circulated to subscribed farmers by Maybole Police Office, Police Scotland:
It has been a busy 6 weeks with a variety of rural crime being committed throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
The word of the month is METAL..
£21,000 of metal has been stolen this month from electricity sub stations and telephone sub stations, all based on farming land. This kind of crime is pretty well spread all over Ayrshire. If you guys have a place like this on your land, can you please give it a check now and again to make sure nothing untoward has happened. We all suffer because of crimes like this; hospitals suffer if power has to be cut so let’s give these places a bit of extra attention.
Arnshean Farm, Barrhill had 600litres of fuel stolen from the fuel tank; Auchensoul Farm, Pinmore had the fuel cap forced of their motor vehicle and an amount of fuel taken and 1000 litres of heating oil was stolen from a fuel tank at Crawfordston Farm, Maybole. Try and gauge what fuel you have either in your tanks or the vehicles. Check the levels on a regular basis and if you find that something has been taken then think about evidence. If the criminals have used something to force their way into the tank or your vehicle they may have left this instrument lying about. Do not touch it but cover it up protecting it from the weather. Fingerprints and DNA eventually will wash off.
These kinds of practices apply with most crimes that have been committed. Stop; think what may have been touched by the bad person. Does it have a nice shiny surface and is it in danger of getting wet. Cover it.
I emailed you last night about the red Landrover that was taken from Dumfries House Estates. To give you a reminder the registration number is OE62 HNL . Again from Dumfries House Estates an Ifor Williams Trailer, silver in colour with the same registration number as the aforementioned Landrover was stolen between the 1st and 2nd February. Any information let me know.
3 sets of Walsh Horse Driving harnesses and 5 18 inch Drawing Cart Wheels were stolen from Cloverhill Farm, Ayr. Persons unknown at this time had forced their way into a secure building and stolen the items. If any of you are offered items like these, take not of registration numbers of vehicles involved and get back to me.
Few, you had that comfort break yet. Nearly done.
A selection of hand tools and a pressure washer were taken from South Auchenmade Farm Kilwinning and a 12ft metal gate has been removed from Routendurn Farm, Dalry. As I have said in the past this type of crime can bring other problems to the table so inspect your perimeter fences on a regular basis.
An all terrain red Honda quad was stolen from Larach House, Waterside, Kilmarnock. If you should be offered it the chassis number is 1HFTE31P914500105. This was removed from a secure building along with an orange chainsaw. Let me know if either of these turns up.
Metal fencing and 3 further metal gates have been stolen from Netherwood Farm, Muirkirk and Windshields Farm, Darvel.
Wire fencing has again been cut at Fulshaw farm , Ayr. I believe the area is used by dog walkers, please if anyone knows anything about wire fencing getting cut on Fulshaw Wood Farm, let me know.