Newsletter – June 2018 - Farmers must guard against grain theft after harvesting

Farmers must guard against grain theft after harvesting

Free State Agriculture (FSA) calls on all farmers in the grain industry to put in place additional measures to protect their grain and maize from theft. This is according to Dr Jane Buys, Security Risk Analyst of FSA. 

She says it happens every year that large quantities are stolen while it is transported to the silos. “Tons of grain and maize are also stolen from trucks kept on farms during the night,” she says. 

According to her farmers need to make sure their grain and maize reach the silos. Criminals with pickups, trailers and even other trucks will also operate at night with drums or buckets and steal grain and maize from trucks standing on fields. Trucks with loads of grain and maize are also targeted and the entire load sometimes stolen.