THE way farmers move around their property has evolved, from walking to riding horses, now to driving all‐terrain vehicles (ATVs). In 2017, these vehicles are now the main workhorse for any farm,
no matter the location or size, due to their ability to tackle any terrain and move heavy items from A to B with ease. So if they are stolen, the loss can potentially affect how a farm runs effectively on a day to day basis.
Here are some top tips to ensure your ATV is secure:
• When purchasing an ATV ensure the dealership you purchase it from fits a tracker system.
• Ensure that you record all the serial numbers of the vehicles/machinery you may have on site as it will help you identify vehicles if one is stolen.
• Make sure you are lighting the right places on your farm (tool sheds, fuel tanks and outbuildings) and install motion sensor lights that will automatically illuminate areas if any movement is detected.
• Report all incidents of theft and any suspicious behaviour to the police because if it is not, the police will not know it is happening. • Keep all vehicles out of sight and weld a metal cover over the
hasp to protect the building’s padlocks from being cut with bolt cutters.
• Ensure that any storage areas are locked with padlocks, hasps and deadbolts.
• Regularly prune any trees or shrubbery that could potentially block the light sources.
• Regularly tour your farm to look at spots that are in permanent darkness as well as vulnerable areas such as gates, fences and doors that could be damaged and may need fixing or replacing.
• Do not leave any vehicles outside when you have finished with them and ensure the keys have been removed and placed somewhere safe within the house.
• Display signage at the front of your farm telling visitors where they cannot go.
BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) designs, manufactures and distributes motorised professional, recreational and powersport vehicles. Its Can‐Am brand provides utility users with innovative, economical, comfortable and versatile ATVs and SSVs.