The NFU has recently been made aware of an increase in poultry farm break-ins and it appears all sectors are being targeted including layers, broilers and turkeys.
We are urging all members to review their own site security and ensure that staff members are aware of and practice the security measures on your site. It is also important that all staff are aware of your farm protocols in the event of discovering any suspicious activity.
The NFU has produced an infographic in response to a surge in poultry farm break-ins which is available here. The advice is largely common sense and is very much attention to detail however, it is based on our experience of the areas that activists focus on when they break into poultry sheds. Please use the infographic to make your staff members aware of potential risk areas.
If you know or suspect that you have been a victim of a farm break-in please report it to the police, no matter how insignificant you feel the incident is. The NFU is here to support members, whether that is with any press coverage or signposting you to the relevant specialist police unit.
The police have a unit dedicated to the actions of activists and we have met with them several times to discuss the increase in farm break-ins and the support that they can provide for those affected.
The impact on reputation (both of the individual business and the sector) and on the mental well-being of the poultry keeper cannot be over exaggerated so please ensure you have steps in place to make your sites as secure as possible.