SecurTek Videofied Technology Helps Reduce Post-Harvest Thefts

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The last days of harvest are high risk times for agricultural producers seeking to protect their valuable commodities from agricultural theft. SecurTek Monitoring Solutions reminds farm and ranch operators that real-time video alerts are a cost-effective way to deter burglaries and even catch thieves in the act.

Combine harvesting wheat in the fall at dusk

The rush to bring in crops means less time for vigilance against crime for farmers and rural business operators.

The responsibility of protecting agricultural assets ultimately rests with owners who are advised to work together, walk around their property putting themselves in the shoes of a thief.

"The shorter days, increased crop hauling traffic and busy schedule of agricultural producers around this time of the year make it difficult for farm operators to maintain their usual vigilance", according to Claude-Jean Harel, a Product Research Analyst with SecurTek. "The cost of guard solutions, land lines and conventional security systems make it sometimes prohibitively expensive for farmers to adopt these technologies and protect their fuel, tools, machinery, grain or livestock."

In times of high commodity prices like these, risks of theft are compounded. If police authorities do their best to raise awareness about farm theft and investigate these crimes when they occur, the responsibility of protecting agricultural assets ultimately rests with owners who are advised to work together, walk around their property putting themselves in the shoes of a thief, set up locked gates and avoid leaving unattended machinery or baled feed in fields for extended periods.

Unfortunately, any farm operation can become the target of burglars. When controlling access to vulnerable sites seems unfeasible, SecurTek’s Videofied system may be the right tool, believes Brigadier Security’s Pat Thompson:

"Now the buzz word in the industry is Verified Video. So when the perpetrator enters the premises, it sends a video clip to SecurTek or the client who can immediately access it on his smartphone. They can see exactly who's there. Is it a guy with a hoodie? Is it a cat? Or just an employee that's wandering around on the property."

Polices forces increasingly require that alarms be verified before they actually respond, especially in rural areas, notes Thompson. "We've rolled it out in Canada, and we've had success with it. There's locations that we've put systems in where they've had to hire a guard 24 hours a day, so you can imagine the expense of that. Now, you replace that with a couple of cameras that are basically the eyes and ears of the guard, and they realized the savings with video, versus hiring a full-time person."

Videofied systems feature battery-powered cameras, independent of the power grid and ideal for isolated settings. They are also moveable, allowing farmers to relocate them strategically to better serve their needs through harvest season and beyond.

About SecurTek

SecurTek is a leading provider of monitoring solutions and event related information services through an extensive dealer network and strategic partnerships, for 70,000 customers across Canada. A subsidiary of SaskTel Telecommunications, SecurTek earned the Five Diamond Certification for providing superior monitoring service in the North American security industry, awarded by the US-based Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA). SecurTek monitoring stations are Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) certified, meaning SecurTek meets or exceeds the highest industry standards with regards to call overflow, staffing requirements, response procedures, computer systems and backup power systems.  SecurTek offer burglary, commercial, fire, environmental, medical, video and residential monitoring services.

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