On-Farm Security


The practical guide to on-farm security

Who needs this manual?

This resource was designed with Ontario farmers in mind. It offers practical, strategic solutions to keep farm assets secure. Whether you’re in the back-roads of rural Ontario or located in an area where urban development is continually encroaching, this resource is intended to provide best management practices that will allow Ontario farmers to keep their property, their assets and their families and animals safe.

How to use this resource

The practical guide to on-farm security was developed in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and Farm & Food Care Ontario. This resource should be used in conjunction with other security resources. The guidelines provided should be treated as recommendations, to be adapted to meet individual needs and circumstances. Legal, security or law enforcement advice should be sought whenever appropriate.

The case for farm security

Statistically, property crime rates for rural areas are low, compared to those of urban areas. There are a number of best practices that can help farmers reduce those numbers even further. Over the last ten years, the value of no-land farm assets has grown by over 50 per cent. When property and asset crime does occur in the farm sector, the implications can be severe.

There are many reasons why farm security is a significant concern: crop disease and damage, animal activism, trespass, theft and vandalism. And, with an increasingly global food system, food security and safety are being linked to farm security and traceability.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you have adequate ‘no trespassing’ signs on your property?
  • Do you know how to identify your tools and farm equipment if something goes missing?
  • Do you know when to call the police to notify them of an incident on your farm?
  • Do you know what to do if unwanted visitors show up at your farm?
  • What are security best management practices for Ontario farmers?


Securing your assets

Visitors on the farm

When to call police


This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario. 


Updated March 31, 2015

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA letter regarding Standardizing Biosecurity Training and Practices
(January 29, 2016)

Additional Information

Barn Fires Involving Farm Animals - Emergency Fact Sheet
(January 18, 2016)

Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm
(January 18, 2016)


Increase on-farm security
(July 16, 2015 - Farm Property, On-Farm Security)

New online resource addresses security issues on Ontario farms
(June 18, 2015 - Environmental, On-Farm Security)

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