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When you’re growing high-value crops, you want to protect them from thieves. When you’re growing high-value crops, you want to protect them from thieves.

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I live in an area where property crimes occur and I want to be able to protect all of the time and money I have tied up in my growing investment. Just the other day, I came out in the morning to find that someone had gone through my car, and it reminded me that I may be at risk for theft or worse. Anything you might recommend? I live in a semi-private detached house with a fenced yard. BTW, I noticed some ads in your mag for trained security dogs. Is that the best route to go for security?

A:

Unfortunately there are very few communities that don’t feel the sting of property crimes like theft, break-ins and occasionally worse. Most of the time it seems these crimes are perpetrated by those living outside of your local community, although in some areas people may get desperate enough to try anything.

Besides the obvious stuff like secure doors, locks, motion sensors, home alarms, etc., a canine, especially a well trained one, can be a highly effective added measure of security.

A well lit yard with motion and day/night sensors is a useful deterrent for anything that may go on after dark, especially if it puts the thugs in full view of the rest of the neighbourhood or your security cameras. If you want to light it up for the cameras only, IR (infra red) LED spotlights are almost invisible to the human eye, but create daylight for your cameras.

While you might like the outside of your house to be private, this creates a beacon for prowling intruders. Keeping the field of vision surrounding your property open might be something you adapt as an added measure of security; of course, this will cost you some privacy. Avoid creating “blind spots” on your property where people can set-up camp and wait while scoping you out. For example, when you come out of the house and lock the door, don’t leave yourself vulnerable to someone stepping up to you from behind.

Low key security can be effective, for example using some of the methods described above. In some instances, too many obvious and visible security measures are going to suggest you have something worth protecting - potentially upping the ante for would be intruders. Keep security measures simple and effective.

Besides the obvious stuff like secure doors, locks, motion sensors, home alarms, etc., a canine, especially a well trained one, can be a highly effective added measure of security. Remember that a dog is a living creature, so it can think and react as it has been trained to do, making it potentially much more intelligent (and loyal) versus any electronic forms of security. However, as a living creature, it needs to be cared for properly, meaning you have to have the time to spend with your dog. It also means having adequate fencing, shelter and posted warnings. Some breeds will need to be registered in certain municipalities or townships.

The sight and sound of a well trained, large-breed security K-9 alone can be very effective. Make sure that no uninvited people are going to be able to walk into the yard and encounter the dog easily. Lots of signs, latches, etc. are a must.

Admittedly, this isn’t the sunniest topic to address. However, by ensuring that your grow, property and most importantly that YOU are protected means that you are more likely to avoid losses or worse. It can also serve to help free your mind of worries so you can continue your pursuits of happiness in relative peace.

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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