Designing Out Crime

Research indicates that opportunity and visibility are key factors for thieves. If thieves believe they can get into and out of your property and easily and without being seen, your property is at a higher risk.

Consider visibility when designing and erecting new buildings, sheds or stockyards.  (Ideally these should be in sight of a farm house).
Prevent accessibility to your property.  Gates should be as strong as possible, mounted securely to strong corner posts.  Secure gates with quality heavy duty chains and locks.
If possible, use heavy duty rollers or metal gates at the entrance to sheds and any outbuildings.
Consider the installation of movement sensor cameras or closed circuit television (CCTV) if practical.  This can assist in the successful identification and prosecution of offenders.
SIGNS should be placed at entrance points to your property advising that it is “Private Property” and that “Trespassers will be prosecuted”.
Warn intruders of security measures used on your property: electronic monitoring; sensor lights; guard dogs and identification markings.

Farm Machinery Theft

  • If it is necessary to leave machinery on site overnight, leave it in view of a farmhouse or highly visible area.  Where this is not practical, park out of sight of any passing traffic.
  • Where possible, store farm machinery in a secure shed or enclosure – preferably in sight of a farm house.
  • Disable equipment by removing the distributor cap, rotor or battery where necessary.
  • Secure equipment with heavy chains and quality locks.  Either chain and lock pieces of equipment together; to trees or other stationary objects; or chain the rear of vehicle to the front wheel/axle.
  • ALWAYS lock vehicles and machinery.
  • NEVER attempt to hide the keys in a location nearby.
  • NEVER leave valuable items displayed inside a vehicle or leave tools and other items scattered in vehicle trays.  If a tool box is attached, secure the contents with a quality padlock.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of all your vehicles and machinery including: registration; chassis and model numbers; and VIN numbers.
  • Photograph or video machinery and valuables to enable easy identification.

Fuel Tank Security

Fuel Tank Security With today’s advanced technology it is possible to have remote notification of your fuel levels. Mobile and email applications are available to alert the owner to any use of fuel, generally for a small set up fee. Movement alarms can also be effective in reducing risk of fuel theft. Have fuel tanks located out of sight of passing traffic and if possible, consider locating tanks underground. Ensure tank cut-off valves and pump are securely locked. Locate any switches in a locked building and turn off power to pumps when not in use. Monitor fuel usage and keep up to date records in order to recognise any unexplained loss. Place signs at entrance points to your property and on fuel tanks to warn offenders of the security measures in place and that fuels are monitored effectively. Fuel dyes can be effective in preventing theft and can be sourced from your local agricultural supplier.

Firearm Security

Firearm Security
Firearms and ammunition must be locked in a secure cabinet or container which meets specified regulations.

Ammunition and firearms cannot be stored together unless ammunition is in a separate locked container to the firearm.
A magazine is not to contain any ammunition when stored.
Storage cabinet or container must be securely anchored.
Consider the location of your firearm/ammunition storage.  If possible do not fit them in an obvious area.  The garage is not a recommended placement.
Never leave firearms or ammunition in your vehicle unattended.
“A cabinet or container that can be unlocked with a key is regarded as unlocked if the key is left in the lock or is otherwise accessible where the cabinet or container is located.” Firearms Regulations 1974 11A(3).

Livestock Theft

Livestock Theft
Western Australia has a mandatory livestock ownership identification and movement system. All livestock owners within the state must be registered and their stock identified in accordance with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (IMSA) regulations 2013.

Keep all paddocks, shed and stockyard gates closed and locked.  Use locking posts to obstruct large openings to yards.
Ditches form a natural barrier.  Cattle grids can be removed and locked out of position when not in use.
If possible, locate stockyards/loading ramps away from public road and any entrance to your property.  Ensure loading ramps are stored out of sight when not in use.
Regularly check stock.  Also check paddocks and fences for any signs of trespass and/or damage.
For further information see Meat and Livestock Australia.