Theft from farms and rural properties amounts to over £42 million in the United Kingdom, with the most commonly targeted items being tools, quad bikes and fuel. It is a crime that is affecting farmers across the whole country.
One of them, an arable farmer with a 500-acre farm in north Lincolnshire, woke up one morning to find that thieves had broken into his farm buildings and used his lorry to steal thousands of pounds worth of goods ranging from quad bikes, sprayers and power tools to lamps and tillage equipment. He needed a solution quickly, so approached the installation company Advance Security Solutions who in turn recommended OPTEX intrusion detection technology.
Mark Davies, Managing Director, Advance Security Solutions, says there was no time to lose, and because they have been installing OPTEX Smart Line wireless infrared beam systems on large sites across the country, he knew that it would meet the brief:
“It is tremendous for anyone who wants security over a large area of land – peace of mind is worth a fortune and that is what an OPTEX Smart Line system gives you,” he says. “As soon as an intruder tries to break into a farm building, the OPTEX perimeter security system detects him and sends an immediate alert to the farmer.
“The OPTEX Smart Line Quad beams provide a very reliable intruder detection solution, that enables the farmer to monitor what is happening on his farm regardless of the time and wherever he is. It means that the farmer and his family can sleep peacefully at night knowing that his farm is protected.”
Additionally, the system can be set up to ignore wildlife, so it is not triggered by foxes or other nocturnal animals.