How safe is my farm?

Learn where your farm might be vulnerable to crime and how you can reduce the risk.

Dr Alistair Harkness

Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Criminology at the University of New England

Thefts from farms has enormous social and economic impacts. It can be costly, disruptive and mentally straining.

So, the best way to avoid becoming a victim of farm crime is to do whatever possible to prevent offending from happening in the first place.

That’s why the innovative “How safe is my farm” tool from Neighbourhood Watch Victoria is invaluable. It lets farmers conduct an audit of their own –to see where vulnerabilities might exist, and for farmers to think carefully about what crime prevention measures might be implemented to improve safety and security.

For farming communities, it is important to keep an eye out for each other, report crime and suspicious behaviour when it does occur, and prevent crime occurring in the first place by implementing measures on farms to deter offending.

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