Electric Gates: the first-line of defence against rural crime
crime is unfortunately on the rise according to a recent survey by the NFU that
contacted over 2,000 farmers across the country, with 60% of respondents
believing that crime levels are increasing.
escalation is all the more troubling considering it occurred during a year in
which the nation was largely locked down due to Covid-19. The effects of theft
or vandalism can take a heavy toll at any time, but especially during this
period of unprecedented stress and pressure. Surveyed farmers that had suffered
break-ins reported an average loss of £5,100.
farm security can also result in losses beyond the financial, important as that
is. Mental health can be considerably impacted, which is already a serious
problem for those in the industry. As many victims of theft can testify, the
most unsettling aspect of the experience is often the emotional impact – a
sense of violation and vulnerability.
trespass is considered a civilian – not a criminal – offence and thus police
are not able to take action. As a result, the surest way to protect against
most crime is to take preventative action and install secure gates that keep
your land safe and accessible only to those you choose.
farm uses gates, but more and more have begun to opt for a more advanced
electric option. Some have made the jump for better deterrence against
intruders or stronger biosecurity. Others have found the ease of use and extra
Giles, a farmer at Don Bunting Farms in Maldon, the change came after their own
experience with rural crime.
years ago, we had a tractor stolen,” says Giles. “That is clearly a serious
instance of theft. We needed something in place to ensure nothing like that
would happen again. A simple padlocked gate just wouldn’t do the job.”
Bunting Farms approached Weaving Machinery, a family-run manufacturer and
installer of farm machinery, including high-quality and secure electric gates.
They settled on a 6m Sliding Gate, operated on an electric system without
requiring a ground rail. Opening and closing the gate can be done instantly via
those we register have access,” says Giles. “Things like keypads or codes
are not as secure as they might seem. All it takes is someone passing on the
code or activating the trip and your security is compromised. With our gate,
nobody can enter who we don’t want to. Even if someone followed us in, they
would be trapped inside without registered smartphone access.”
then, Don Bunting Farms hasn’t had any issues. Even one incident – a crash that
damaged the gate – saw a fast response from Weaving who came out and replaced
everything by the next morning. “We didn’t even go a single day without
security, which I hugely appreciate,” says Giles. “You don’t find many
businesses that can pull a rabbit out of the hat like that. Our risk exposure
secure Sliding Gate has been pretty faultless,”
adds Giles. “The robust design has proven to be an excellent deterrent.
Operation is very quiet and easy. Safety features also add extra peace of mind.
Sensors mean the gate will stop if someone walks in the way as it closes. It’s
a well thought-out system and one that has made our farm far more secure than
it had been previously.”
Prevention is the best protection
of the time, people come to us in the event that they’ve been burgled,”
says Ian Hinton of Weaving Machinery. “It’s understandable but taking action
in advance is always the best choice, wherever possible. Your first-line of defence
is implementing effective security measures.”
gates are a step above their standard counterparts, able to remain locked in
place and inaccessible to all except those who are welcome on the farm. Simpler
barriers offer little to no protection by comparison. Breaking in is quick and
easy with the right tools. With an electric gate, intruders are kept out.
Machinery and livestock remain protected.
livestock farms, electric gates are also a hallmark of strong biosecurity.
Disease can quickly derail production and deal a heavy and costly blow for
producers. Electric gates only open for authorised personnel – putting you in
complete control over who is permitted on your farm.
features also help avoid other easy to miss yet harmful compromises to
biosecurity, including a brushless motor system to prevent clogs of debris and
the resulting maintenance, which would be frequently necessary for most
electric gates that run on tracks. As a result, this gate can also be installed
on any type of terrain, even uneven ground or slopes, so installation can be
guided by effectiveness rather than necessity.
Taking security seriously
Gates are such a mainstay on farms that their power in creating a solid defence can go overlooked and underappreciated. The right electric gate can make a difference and protect against the threat of rural crime.
“Keeping your farm safe is a top priority,” adds Ian. “Examine your farm and identify where you can take action to maintain or increase security. Don’t wait for it to happen to you – choose an option that keeps your operation running without incident and secures your financial position.”
To find out more about
increasing security on your farm, click on the link below