How your farm appears to a casual observer should not be underestimated and may affect whether that observer becomes a potential intruder.
Research has shown that properties and businesses which are perceived to be well maintained are significantly less likely to be subject to criminal activity.
Good housekeeping costs little and projects an image of ownership and a sense that the site is cared for.
It also significantly increases the chance of identifying something out of place or recent damage that might indicate an attempted or actual intrusion.
Buildings, fences and other structures should be kept clean and in good repair, maintenance should be carried out promptly, and rubbish and other farmyard debris should be cleaned away and removed where possible.
It is a good idea to maintain a list of key phone numbers, such as those of the local police and neighbouring farmers, so that you can quickly contact the appropriate people if the need arises.