Beware of the geese

September 13, 2013 7:13 am

We’ve written before about beefing up security measures to protect your property, but it never occurred to us to recommend geese….

Apparently some people have employed these feathered warriors to warn them about trespassers. According to NFU Mutual, this is contributing to a fall of 20 per cent in rural crime. And it doesn’t stop with geese: farmers are protecting their livestock by housing aggressive beasts such as llamas alongside more docile animals.

Other imaginative security devices include fog machines designed to confuse intruders and retractable cattle grids to keep unwanted vehicles out.

Opportunistic crimes

NFU Mutual also reports that rural crimes are more likely to be planned than opportunistic, and that thefts are often repeated within weeks as criminals target replacement stock or farm equipment.

As geese or llamas are unlikely to know the difference between criminals and simple country lovers out for a walk, then we need to watch out when we’re on our next rural ramble….