Farmers Teaming Up To Stop Vandalism

Farmers Teaming Up To Stop Vandalism

There is a new crime fighting program underway in rural West Tennessee called Farm Watch.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - There is a new crime fighting program underway in rural West Tennessee called Farm Watch.

Agriculture crimes are on the rise with vandals targeting farms and equipment. With miles of open fields there's a good chance criminals won't be seen.

That was the case when part of a field was vandalized over the Summer after a tractor trailer was taken on a joyride.

Farmers throughout Dyer County are uniting to track down whoever is doing this.

“They cranked my equipment. Yook it, put it in slews and got it stuck,” farmer Brad Studdard said.

He's lucky it wasn't ruined. Others haven't been as fortunate.

“I had a neighbor the week before. They did about $200,000 damage to his stuff. Totaled out tractors,” Studdard said.

Studdard is teaming up with the Dyer County Sheriff's Office, joining the new Farm Watch program.

“We've got several farmers in this area. If we can link them all together that would really help,” Studdard said.

It's catching the crooks that's the problem. Studdard is mapping out his land and giving the sheriff permission to arrest trespassers

When the Farm Watch program is up and running, farmers will get text alerts and be able link security cameras with the sheriff's office.
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