According to a recent report by the Fresno County Farm Bureau in California, the price of scrap metal is going up; this typically means an increase in metal thefts.
Here are some tips from the California Farm Bureau Federation to help reduce the risk of thefts and rural crimes:
- Make sure there is proper lighting around storage areas and buildings.
- Keep a record of who has keys to your locks.
- Order only the supplies you need or will use right away.
- Provide employees with a communication system so they can quickly report suspicious activity.
- Lock and remove keys from all company vehicles when they are not in use.
- Always know who is on your property.
- Properly fence property and storage areas using a tamper-resistant lock.
- Talk to neighbors about suspicious people and vehicles.
- Block the entrances and private roads that lead into orchards, vineyards and other fields.
- Make access to your property as difficult as possible to outsiders.
- Keep an accurate and up-to-date inventory of all equipment and major supplies so you know what you should have and what may be missing.
- Set up a system to routinely check your property for damage, vandalism and theft.
- Report any criminal or suspicious activity immediately.
- Make it a policy not to give combinations or keys to anyone who is not involved with your company.
- Ask all delivery personnel not to leave packages or supplies without first contacting a designated employee.
Source: Fresno County Farm Bureau