Trespassers and unauthorised shooters can cause harm to you, your livestock and property.
Explore crime prevention tips to keep your farm safe from trespassers and shooters on farm property, and ensure only responsible shooters have access.
Key crime prevention tips
- Secure the property boundary.
- Watch your property.
- Choose responsible shooters.
Trespass prevention checklist
Secure the property boundary
- Install trespass warning signs on entry points to the property.
- Lock all buildings, sheds and gates with good quality locks.
- Install the latest security technology.
- Check fences and repair any damage.
- Install CCTV cameras throughout the property and around the perimeter.
- Ensure cameras cover all entry and exit points.
- Use solar cameras where wired cameras cannot be used.
- Install 'no hunting/shooting' signs at the front and around the perimeter of the property.
Check your property
- Check your property for unauthorised access.
- Photograph any evidence of unauthorised access. For example, damaged fences, unfamiliar tyre marks and rubbish.
Choose responsible shooters
- Ask local farmers for reference checks.
- Use shooters from reputable shooting clubs.
- Ensure all authorised shooters are licensed and hold the relevant game authority.
- Complete an 'authority to shoot' document for all authorised shooters.
- Obtain a permit or authority from the relevant government body when controlling wildlife.
- Inform your neighbours when authorised shooters will be active on your property.
Other things you can do
- Get to know your .
- Talk to a .
- If you are going away, register your absence from residence through .
- Make it easy for police to find your property by making your house number easily visible from the street.
- Get to know your neighbours. They may recognise unusual activity when you're out.
- Join your .
What to do if there are trespassers on your property
- If you see a trespasser, do not confront them. Your safety is more important.
- If safe to do so, take pictures and provide them to police.
No issue is too small to report. If you see something suspicious, report it to police.
Reviewed 13 September 2023