Thieves in South Georgia and North Florida are
targeting farm chemicals (video), fuel, copper wire and small
With the high unemployment and sluggish economy, rural
property crimes continue to increase.
Plantation Security, Inc. reminds land owners that these
thieves are seeking the easy targets. In a recent case, the owner of a
small expensive tractor had parked his tractor on a trailer by a
barn that was behind two wire fences. The thieves entered at night by
cutting a hole in both fences, driving in
and taking the trailer with the mower on it. They left
the same way they came in. What could the owner of the tractor have
done to prevent this theft? Maybe nothing, but locking the trailer to a tree
with a case hardened chain and lock and, locking the tractor to the trailer
and removing the tractor key would have made it a more difficult target to
In another case, thieves were siphoning fuel by
unscrewing the fuel meter and slipping a hose through port of a large
fuel tank. What can be done to prevent this? We suggest using "Lock Tite" on the
threads of all ports on fuel tanks that are held on by screws or
bolts to prevent this theft. Obviously, keep all fuel tanks and
Educate yourself and your staff to keep gates, autos and
buildings locked, chain lock small machinery, remove all keys from vehicles
and equipment, and be alert at all times. Farm chemical, machinery
and metal thieves will strike mostly at night or on weekends to avoid being
caught. They strike quickly and quietly, and property owners must take every
precaution to protect their property.
For specific information on how to deter such criminal
activity, contact Plantation Security, Inc. at www.plantationsecurity.com . While at the P.S.I.
site, click on the ARTICLES header and read the
PLANTATION OWNERS/MANAGERS SECURITY MANUAL.
We encourage you to view the below WALB News video on the most
recent farm chemical thievery.
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Plantation Security Inc.
License # FL B1024
License # GA 227