Farm­ers urged to be se­cu­rity­con­scious

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

WITH longer days and calv­ing, lamb­ing and milk­ing keep­ing farm­ers busy, South­land po­lice are ask­ing the ru­ral com­mu­nity to look out for one an­other.

Crim­i­nals were likely to take ad­van­tage of any lapse in se­cu­rity on farms and po­lice ‘‘need the pub­lic to help us by be­ing our eyes and ears’’, Se­nior Sergeant Cyn­thia Fair­ley, of Gore, said.

‘‘Im­por­tantly, we ask res­i­dents to not put them­selves in dan­ger or take the law into their own hands if con­fronted by of­fend­ers, but to in­stead con­tact po­lice.’’

Po­lice ad­vised ru­ral res­i­dents to in­stall alarms and sen­sor light­ing at home, lock valu­able items away and lock houses, pho­to­graph and reg­is­ter de­tails and se­rial num­bers of im­por­tant items and not post too much in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia about hol­i­day or travel plans.

Fuel, firearms, tools, and ve­hi­cles were all tar­gets for thieves.

Neigh­bour­hood sup­port groups could be use­ful at this time.

Late last month, af­ter a 1000­litre

tank and a 400­litre petrol tank were emp­tied on an En­field farm, in North Otago, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers ru­ral se­cu­rity spokesman Miles An­der­son called for farm­ers to be in­creas­ingly con­scious of se­cu­rity.

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