Tennessee Farm Watch
Tennessee Farm Watch aims to prevent crimes in our agricultural community. It is a partnership joining rural residents with their county sheriff's departments, Agricultural Crime Unit or state and local law enforcement agencies.
What Does it Do?
- Notifies subscribers of crimes affecting the agricultural community
- Spearheads community meetings to broaden the network of local collaboration
- Offers prevention tips, best management practices, and information on the newest technologies available to combat rural crime
How Do I Get Involved?
- Contact our local sheriff's department about forming a Farm Watch program
- Develop a committee to determine the needs of your community
- Customize your Farm Watch program to fit the needs of your community
Tips to Safeguard Your Farm and Investments
- Lock gates and equipment
- Keep areas well lit
- Install security or game cameras
- Photograph livestock and equipment
- Mark equipment for identification
- Brand livestock
- Count livestock daily
- Report missing animals and equipment to law enforcement immediately
- Watch out for strangers and report unusual activity
- Record tag numbers and descriptions of unfamiliar vehicles
- Vary your schedule and livestock feeding times
- If possible, keep livestock and equipment out of public view
- Start a Farm Watch program in your community
Groups Supporting the Farm Watch Program
- Tennessee Farm bureau
- Tennessee Sheriff's Association
- Tennessee Department of Agriculture
- Tennessee Cattlemen's Association
For Additional Information
For additional information on starting a Farm Watch in your community, contact Mike Whaley with the Agricultural Crime Unit at (931) 723-5046 or call toll free 1-844-AGCRIME (1-844-242-7463).