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Wireless infrared alarms ideal for protecting rural communities

Optex Europe : 04 September, 2014  (Application Story)
Lincolnshire farm installs wireless infrared alarm systems from Optex Europe to stem thefts of equipment and other valuable items
Wireless infrared alarms ideal for protecting rural communities

Theft from farms and the countryside amount to over £42 million, with the most commonly targeted items being tools, quad bikes and fuel. It is a crime that is affecting farmers across the UK.

Antony Lindlay is an arable farmer with a 500-acre farm in north Lincolnshire, who woke up one morning to find that thieves had broken into his farm buildings and used his lorry to steal thousands of pounds worth of goods ranging from quad bikes, sprayers and power tools to lamps and tillage equipment. He needed a solution quickly, so approached Advance Security Solutions who in turn recommended OPTEX intrusion detection technology.

Mark Davies, Managing Director, Advance Security Solutions, says there was no time to lose, and because they have been installing OPTEX Smart Line wireless infrared beam systems on large sites across the country, he knew that it would meet the brief:

“It is tremendous for anyone who wants security over a large area of land – peace of mind is worth a fortune and that is what an OPTEX Smart Line system gives you,” he says. “As soon as an intruder tries to break into a farm building, the OPTEX perimeter security system detects him and sends an immediate alert to the farmer.

“The OPTEX Smart Line Quad beams provide a very reliable intruder detection solution, that enables the farmer to monitor what is happening on his farm regardless of the time and wherever he is. It means that the farmer and his family can sleep peacefully at night knowing that his farm is protected.”

Additionally the system can be set up to ignore wildlife, so it is not triggered by foxes or other nocturnal animals.

Ricky Miwa, Managing Director of OPTEX Europe says sadly over the past decade, rural crime has increased: “Very often assumptions are made that crime does not happen in peaceful rural places, but it is happening on a much larger scale than many people know about. It is costing farmers millions of pounds.

“In many cases the crime is committed by gangs that move across the country and target farms in isolated areas. One way of increasing security on farmland is to use an intrusion detection system. The Smart Line Quad IR beam technology lends itself perfectly to this application, by providing an ‘invisible curtain’ across areas as large as 100m for the wireless models or 200m for the wired ones.”

Easy and cost-effective to install, the wireless Smart Line perimeter security systems use batteries with a lifespan of up to eight years. As soon as an intruder attempts to break through the security curtain, the farmer is alerted.

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