Police have urged the owners of remote farms to adopt appropriate security measures to protect their property.

The warning comes after a number of reports of suspicious individuals calling at remote farms throughout the region.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary are aware of the challenges this presents but insist any apathy towards security will be exploited by travelling criminals.

There has to be a balance between ease of access to equipment and securing same when not in use. Such measures shouldn’t impinge on the day to day operation of the farm and are far less inconvenient when compared with the requirement and costs of replacing stolen equipment.

Measures the police are keen to encourage include

  • Fit all outhouses and shed doors with quality locks and use them
  • Remove all keys from vehicles and quad bikes when not in use
  • Consider alarming areas with high value items such as power tools
  • Protect steadings with quality automatic security lighting
  • Conspicuously mark valuable items with indelible markers with farm name or postcode
  • Note details of any suspicious individuals and vehicles, particularly vehicle registration marks and notify police at the time on 0845 600 5701.

For further crime prevention advice please visit police website or visit your local police station.