Vandalism and Theft Prevention
"The best thing we did was call the Coalition. You have to get the word out to as many people as possible to let them know vandalism is not acceptable. For us, the Coalition was the way to do that." — Eric Finch, hog farmer from Story County whose farm was targeted in March of 2008
Anyone can become a criminal's target. Since thieves and vandals look to wreak havoc without being seen, taking much time or making much noise, farms located in remote, rural areas can appear to be easy targets.
Most people assume they are safe - but that is not necessarily the case. Every year, the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers receives numerous reports of livestock theft and/or vandalism. It is important for every farmer to stop and take time to think about the security measures they have - or don't have - in place.
The Coalition and law enforcement officials encourage farmers to be proactive and take steps to better protect their farm and livestock, even if they are not aware of any criminal activity in their neighborhood.
For prevention tips and suggestions of what to do if you are a victim, visit:
"Is your livestock farm in the crosshairs: Vandalism and theft."
Additionally, video clips from a presentation given at the 2011 World Pork Expo on this topic are available.