Some criminals seek rural areas for their remoteness, not being detected while the owners are away. Without neighbours being close by, criminals find rural farm yards to be easier to burglarize or commit other crimes. Many homes and shops are away from the country road. Often buildings are left unlocked while owners work in other areas of the farm or are gone for the day.
Criminals know that rural people are friendly and more apt to let the criminal come into their yard to use the telephone on the pretext that the criminal’s vehicle is broken down or need some kind of assistance. They may pretend to be looking for someone who lives near the area.
Do not be a victim of farm yard invasion: Talk to strangers at a distance or through your door or window. Do not let them into your home. Criminals usually know that the rural home will have the ordinary contents such as TV, speakers, stereo, jewelry, microwave, medication but will also have more antiques, guns and other valuables. One tactic of criminals and drug users is to ask to use your restroom where they look for medication, particularly pain pills or other items of value.
Thieves may also target fuel tanks, equipment and vehicles.