Farm and rural residence security never was given much thought until recent years. Biosecurity was probably the first issue for livestock producers. Then security protecting genetically modified organisms became an issue followed by the threat of terrorism brought to light by the September 11 attack. Recently there is concern of anhydrous theft to made illegal drugs. Rural security has become a necessity to protect not only your investment, but the general public.
There are several good resources available to assist managers in increasing farm security measures. Michigan State University has some information at http://www.pested.msu.edu/BullSlideNews/bulletins/EmergencyFarm.html that can be downloaded and print. Purdue University has a bulletin on rural security planning available at http://www.btny.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP/PPP-64.pdf . A farm security checklist developed for a farm security workshop help in Wyandot County is also available at http://www.ohioagmanager.osu.edu/resources/Farm_Security_Checklist.pdf.