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Re: 'A crime a day'

A light popping one would have to make a trespasser wonder if it's set to do so on a sensor, or if he is in the sights of someone's rifle.  Would tend to make him move along, I suppose. 

 

I think that suggestion makes a lot of sense...and, your post points out that the best security measures are site-specific.  What works for you and us on largely open flatland may be worthless on Mike's hilly, woodsy place. 

 

Just another aspect of farming in 2012....

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Re: 'A crime a day'

Sabotage and vandalism is rising giving plain old theft a run for the money, pun intended. I will not go into the details for privacy reasons but, yes, I haveinstalled security devices. Have them up and running.
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My night intruders evidently had a bad exit from the farm last week.  Son told me today that he'd found a set of skid marks,  where they flew out of the lane, and touched down briefly crossing the county road, , on their way into the ditchline and the  bank on the other side of the tar. 

 

I hope they tore their crap up good...no new tracks since then!

 

I have a good online friend who's in the Midwest this time of year, but winters in Florida.  Using their Internet connection, they can view a couple of remote cameras, and I think pan them around the farmstead.  There are even ways to check from your smartphone, I think. 

 

We may decide to add DSL at the house eventually, and then invest in a similar setup.  Will depend somewhat upon the tenants that move into the adjacent house, and how much time we actually do or don't get to spend there, and how much we want to stay in touch with the world when we are there. 

 

Mike says he will be satisfied with the basic four broadcast channels that can be picked up on a Tv antenna there, as long as the DVR is catching all his premium channels back here.  (I hardly watch TV a lot of times, if I have a good book going, which I almost always do.)  It will feel funny to have only that and a plain vanilla landline again.  Roughing it!

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Re: 'A crime a day'

We had big round bales of hay stolen last winter,   caught those guys,  had 4 more stole then spring, Might be connected, 

we have had steel stolen, we had a 10 ft disc and an old 2 row rotatry how, they where on my Great, Great uncle's farm about 15 miles away from the "home" place,  Been there for the last 40 years.  We went down there on Memorial, gone.   The place sits back in the field about 1/4 of a mile.  the hay that was stolen that was back in the field 1/4 mile.  No respect for others property. 

I believe we might have a "crime ring" since the family that is doing most of the stealing has been trouble their whole life. 

 

Then I heard a story that a guys shed burned down,  then 2 weeks later they came and got the tin,  6 months later they came and stole the hay conditioner that was in the shed when it burned.  I'm sure it "caught" on fire.  

 

We have a big problem with theft.   The sheriff department helps as much as they can but, like they told us, get their license plate, and turn them in.   

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Re: 'A crime a day'

I guess in some ways, all crime is organized crime.  This economy leaves so much to be desired, in terms of providing even minimum wage jobs for people with few options to support themselves.  It sort of reminds me of the old lifeboat morality quandaries we were thrown to discuss in college....

 

While I am sure some of these guys are lifting other people's property for other purposes, would you steal to feed your children?   

 

 

 

 

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On the flipside, I hear again, and again, from people I work a half a day for here, and a few hours there, that they would LOVE to have 'regular' hired help, instead of hiring a guy who only has time to help out a day here, half day there, etc, but they simply can not find anyone willing to work. 
Just this Saturday, I helped out a guy with a small handyman job, who said he's putting in 80 hour weeks, and is turning down jobs, simply because he can't find good help.  When he's offering $20+ an hour, (in an area where a 18 ounce Prime Rib sells for $16, with all the fixings, and a house rents for $300 a month) and says that he's only doing about half the jobs he has calls for, while at the same time, there are people saying there are 'no jobs', something is wrong.

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Re: 'A crime a day'

I may be naive, but I don't believe that in USA anyone has to steal to feed their children.
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Re: 'A crime a day'

A sister was let go from her job at a WalMart, three days after she was promoted and her annual review had no negative remarks.  She says nobody lasts more than 5 years.  They will find a "legit" reason to lay off or fire.

 

Locally, a young man was laid off from his job at an energy well servicing company after it was bought out by a competitor.  Jobs are hard to come by, even though minimum wage jobs sometimes go begging for workers.  It does not pay enough to make it worth their while, even with low rent and NO health care plan.

 

 

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Re: 'A crime a day'

There are many job openings around here, that pay decently, and have full benefits.  Most are even willing to train.  They just can't find enough workers, willing to do the work.

On the flip side, also in our little small town, there was a guy who was recieving disability for being 'blind' who also had a driver's license, another drawing disiblity for a 'bad back' whom I've seen waterskiing, and carrying their new sofa up a flight of stairs, and even a lady who is drawing welfare on her maiden name, as well as her married name.  I'm willing to bet these people fall into the pool of 'not wanting' to work those job openings.

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I figured my question would strike a nerve here.  As an employer myself, I have had frustrations with the local workforce pool, this in one of the most chronically unemployed regions of America. 

 

In another way of looking at this, those folks who cheat welfare and disability are one of the most organized types of criminal...and there is a while network of doctors, lawyers, etc., employed in assisting them in their thievery.  One of the most prominent advertiser subscribers on NC TV channels is the whole disability law firm cadre'.

 

Several of them apparently don't need to engage in any other form of practice.  Then, there are the bankruptcy specialists, who tout "not having to make your family do without, just so you can pay your bills." 

 

**bleep**.... 

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