Earlier this month, eHay Weekly reported how hay growers could use game-trail video cameras to ward off thieves (see “A High-Tech Approach To Thwarting Hay Thieves”).

Soon after that story appeared, we received an email from Aaron Kiess, executive director of the California Alfalfa and Forage Association (CAFA). He noted that California farmers and ranchers have also been under siege on the property-theft front.

Kiess pointed to a recent report in CAFA’s newsletter about the significant rise in thefts of alfalfa, copper wiring from irrigation systems and other expensive commodities in the state.

“One of the more interesting ways that has been used to keep thieves away is to use 6” tire spikes,” reads the report. “In late April, it paid off when a pickup carrying wire in the San Joaquin Valley was spotted driving with shredded front tires. The sheriff was alerted and two thieves were arrested.”

The article also notes that a new state Metal Theft Prevention Act went into effect on Jan. 1. Under the law, scrap-metal companies now have to wait three days before making payments. Previously, on-the-spot payments had been made for copper or other materials worth less than $20. The California State Legislature is also considering a bill that would require metal recyclers to be paid checks rather than cash, facilitating easier tracking by law enforcement.

Editor’s Note: Have you had hay or other farm property stolen, or do you know of someone in your area with the problem? If so, email us about it at hfg@hayandforage.com.