A good standard of security is vitally important in rural areas.
Farmhouses are similar to other domestic dwellings, so general advice on how to secure a domestic property, applies here. However, because of the remote location of some farmhouses, additional measures such as CCTV, monitored intruder alarms, and increased boundary security may be beneficial.
It is recommended that residents complete a farm security assessment (PDF 181 Kb - opens new window).
General home and outbuilding security
- Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
- Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
- Fit good quality deadlocks conforming to the latest British Standards to all external doors.
- Fit good quality window locks.
- Install appropriate external security lighting.
- Fit timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
- Due to the potential fire risk in using any electrical device, it is important that all manufacturers' instructions are strictly adhered to at all times.
CCTV and intruder alarms
- Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
- Consider installing a monitored intruder alarm system.
- Get comprehensive advice from a reputable security company that conforms to national standards:
- National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
- Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB).