Farmhouses and Farm Buildings
Farmhouses are often in isolated locations and can be vulnerable if not properly secured. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
- Ensure that doors and windows are well maintained and in a good state of repair.
- Fit mortice deadlocks that comply with the British Standards to all external doors and reinforce with locking bolts. Make sure that doors are kept locked – even when you’re on the premises.
- Fit locks to all ground floor windows.
- Invest in timers that turn lights on and off inside the house if you go out at night and consider installing security lighting outside.
Farm buildings are used to store valuable equipment, tools and farm supplies and, when left insecure, are inviting to thieves.
- Ensure that valuable equipment is stored in a secure building behind a strong locked door, or use a metal cage and keep it locked when unattended.
- Use locks that comply with the British Standards, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks.
- Protect windows with metal bars or grilles.
- Keep doors to farm buildings locked at all times when not in use – even if you are only away for a short while.