Humans have come a long way in farm security since we decided to stop chasing our prey and start working with it. From the first lonely shepherd tending his flock thousands of years ago, to training sheep dogs to do that job, all the way through to the modern days of fencing, geo-fencing, RFID, CCTV and even Drones. The question for a farmer in these days, “How much security do I really need?”.
To answer this, it’s important to first look at your critical plant, equipment, stock and other assets, then ask “if I was a criminal what would I target?”
Now look at what’s already in place to stop the crooks, most of your plant and equipment would come with their own security (alarms, locked doors, GPS etc..) but your stock unfortunately is often left unguarded.
With the ever-increasing incidents of animal theft, particularly from extreme activist groups “emancipating poor farm animals from their slavery” Farmers are turning towards smart, active, security systems to help reduce stock losses.
Solar powered, mobile CCTV units can monitor stock as they rotate around paddocks, sending images back via WIFI from the farmhouse, or via a sim card. The cameras can be programmed to identify movement in certain areas (say someone climbing over a fence) and send alerts, activate alarms or sirens and record the whole process for later use by the police, if needed.
Similarly, companies are developing GPS ear tags for cattle, farmers can identify where the herd is spending most of its time, where they are moving too and, on large properties, the GPS allows a rapid location find for mustering or general monitoring.
Drone use is also rapidly increasing in agriculture, from a small relatively inexpensive camera drone flown to monitor stock, assess crops or provide imagery for marketing or promotion, through to large units able to carry up to 100 litres of fluid allowing inexpensive application of chemicals or fertilizers; even minor firefighting the applications are increasing daily.
At BLUi Security Australia, we can advise on all types of farm security and provide you with the peace of mind that your assets will be protected – www.blui.com.au