The Rural Crime Prevention Program aims to improve the lines of communication between local law enforcement agencies and the agricultural community.
The epidemic levels of metal theft and the continued rise in rural crimes such as illegal dumping, vandalism, meth labs and thefts of farm equipment, chemicals, livestock, and crops highlights the need for this effort.
By joining together and improving communication efforts we can take a significant bite out of rural crime.
For more information please contact the Rural Crime Prevention Coordinator at 800-698-3276 (FARM).
The story is a familiar one: A farmer checks his pump in preparation for irrigating and finds that the copper wire has been stripped and there is no way to provide water to the fields. He makes the loop, checking all of the pumps on the property and learns he has been the victim of copper theft at multiple locations. Thieves have stripped the pumps in order to recycle the wire at the local scrap yard. Receiving approximately $3 a pound, the crooks have made a couple hundred dollars for their night's work - and left their victim facing a repair bill of $1,500 to $4,000 or more for each pump.
Farm Bureau was happy to sponsor legislation to address this issue and was successful in seeing a series of bills aimed at preventing metal theft signed into law in 2008. We will continue to work with law enforcement and the Legislature to ensure that solutions to metal theft remain a top priority.
Use the links below to learn more about laws to combat metal theft.
Ag Alert coverage
Legislators seek ways to slow rural metal thefts (May 23, 2012)
Farmers, deputies see increase in metal theft (July 7, 2010)
Commentary: New laws help with rural crime prevention (January 7, 2009)
New laws aim to slow metal theft (October 8, 2008)
Statewide metal theft bill clears key committee (August 13, 2008)
Metal thieves converge on Patterson farms (January 9, 2008)
Commentary: Metal theft (October 17, 2007)
Metal theft prevention now in local hands (July 11, 2007)
Heavy lifting: Legislators join rural crime detectives to fight metal theft (April 18, 2007)
O.A.N. is a program supported by numerous organizations and agencies including: the California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force, the California Highway Patrol, California Farm Bureau Federation, United Agri-Business League and California State Grange.
This FBI established system allows state and county to be assigned a number which is recorded in the NCIC (National Crime Information Center). A directory containing these numbers is available to each law enforcement agency for use in identifying the various state and counties.
This information enables the law enforcement agencies to pinpoint ID numbers within any state and county in the U.S., whether stolen equipment is found across the country or within the same county.
Residents of California should contact your local county sheriff's office for more information or to register a number.
Where should I mark my equipment?
It has been proven that thieves are hesitant to take items that can be readily identified. Placing signs, decals, and other visible information warning potential thieves that this equipment has been marked and registered with the local law enforcement officials my help to prevent a possible theft.
One of the key elements in marking equipment is uniformity. Locate the mark on the right side of the equipment as you are standing behind it.
On all equipment with non-removable tongues; manure spreaders, grain drills, auger wagons, etc., place ID number on right side on top of tongue, 12" to rear of hitch pin.
On 3 point equipment with tool bar, place ID number on top of tool bar adjacent to right hitch pin.
We recommend that you also mark your equipment in another location known only to you. If ID numbers are removed or destroyed, property can still be positively identified by the numbers on other locations.
Note: We suggest that the seller of equipment notify the new owner that the equipment has been marked. The new owner should then locate his number below the previous owner's number, so that the equipment can be traced from one owner to another. Do not alter or deface the previous owner's number.
Where to buy marking tools
|Pipe Roller, stamps, ink, etc
207 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323 4900
Myers Tire Supply
7305 Edgewater Dr. Unit F
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 632-3404 or (800) 292-4687
|Livestock Ear Tattoo Kit
1917 Foundry Ct.
Ceres, CA 95307
As lawmakers and law enforcement officials intensify their efforts to halt the production and distribution of methamphetamines throughout California, farmers and ranchers urge them to remember the landowners who have been abused by "fly-by-night" clandestine labs. The illegal labs that produce methamphetamine tend to be located in remote farming areas.
Chemicals and waste materials from the manufacturing of methamphetamines can cause considerable harm to people and the environment. In addition, the cost of cleaning up Meth labs is staggering and usually falls on the shoulders of innocent property owners. With clean up costs as high as $150,000. Meth comes in many forms and can be smoked, snorted, orally ingested, or injected. Immediately after smoking the drug or injecting it intravenously, the user experiences an intense rush or "flash" that lasts only a few minutes. As with similar stimulants, users try to maintain the high by binging on the drug.
Signs of a Meth lab:
What to do if you come across a Meth lab:
How can I keep Meth labs away from my family and property:
What Meth cookers leave behind:
Call toll-free 1-866-METH-LAB to report any suspicious activity that might be a drug lab.
Be aware that every chemical substance you handle during the day, whether it is a liquid, solid, vapor, or dust, could cause you great harm if you aren't protected. Your first line of defense is knowing what each chemical can do to you physically and how it can affect your health.
OSHA found that many chemicals cause health conditions including heart ailments, lung, liver, and kidney damage, cancer, reproductive problems, burns, and dermatitis. Such health effects can be acute or chronic.
Acute health effects are those that appear rapidly after a brief exposure to the chemical(s). Chronic health effects are those that appear during and/or after long-term exposure to a chemical(s). Here are the general chemical categories that are health hazards:
You can determine chemical hazards by looking at the chemical's label and/or its material safety data sheet (MSDS). To minimize exposure, follow the directions you will find there. Protect yourself by understanding MSDSs (Material Safety Data Sheets) and chemical labels, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment like gloves and goggles, following appropriate safe work practices, and knowing proper emergency response. Talk to your safety director about these methods of protection.
(Information provided by J.J. Keller)
Call toll-free 1-866-METH LAB to report any suspicious activity that might be a drug lab.
Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement - Regional Offices
California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force is an integral part of the rural war on crime, dedicated to reducing crime through:
The California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force is a non-profit public benefit corporation. Membership is open to any organization or individual dedicated to law enforcement and crime prevention.
The Task Force meets quarterly at selected locations throughout the state. Crime prevention problems and law enforcement issues are assigned to committees that meet during the regular quarterly meetings and also in interim sessions. Training on specific crime prevention topics is provided at each quarterly meeting by experts in rural crime and agricultural operations. Meetings are conducted according to the bylaws, and actions and decisions are voted on by the regular members.
Contact the California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force at www.crcptf.org.
Dear Fellow Concerned Citizens:
I wish to extend to you an invitation to renew your membership or to join the California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force if you are not presently a member and participate in our mission to reduce crime in the agricultural community of California.
The Task Force is a combination of county Sheriff Departments, District Attorney Offices, Agricultural Commissioner Offices, and local Police Departments, together with state and federal agencies such as the Attorney General's Office, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture. Additionally, private organizations within the agri-business community, such as the Farm Bureaus, the State Grange, the Agri-Business League and other agricultural business related groups form an invaluable part of the Task Force.
We all work together for the common goal of reducing crime in the agriculture related business community.
Your participation in the Task Force will help insure agriculture has access to many types of support it needs in its fight against crime. Annual dues are only $100.00 per agency. The Task Force meets quarterly in different locations throughout the State.
Please consider joining us in this important effort.
President, California Rural Crime Prevention Task Force
This course is designed to train patrol officers and investigative peace officers, public officers and crime prevention personnel in techniques necessary for effective rural crime prevention, reporting interdiction and investigation. Related law enforcement personnel are invited to attend.
For more information, visit www.crcptf.org.
The following are some ways that identity thieves work:
If your wallet or purse is stolen you should:
If you are the victim of an ID theft, contact the following major credit bureaus:
For more information, contact the California Attorney General's Office at ag.ca.gov/idtheft/tips.php