Rural System's

The Safety and Security Group

Augmenting public and private services of a wide variety, The Safety and Security Group seeks to improve the quality of life in the region through creative services in the area of safety and personal and property security. There is widespread recognition of the sparse resources that are typically available for such work in rural areas.The work will include crime prevention, home and land protection services, education to affect local perceptions of crime and safety, assistance in law enforcement, assistance in search and rescue missions, reduction of trespass and vandalism, fire and safety inspection, select legal unity contacts, security and safety sections of comprehensive planning systems (The Trevey), superior hunting and angling safety programs, training and publications in all of the above. It has a special orientation to wildlife law enforcement. It also works closely with the Fire Force and includes select laboratory analyses supportive of the above, as well as GIS and software applications (e.g., viewing zones and search-and-rescue probability) and clandestine missions.

In addition to making financial gains, the Group provides attention to not losing money due to injuries, lost time, flawed products or service, and inefficiencies. Safe conditions can provide all Groups competitive advantage. A safe mind set is seen as part of high life quality.
Rural commodity theft, or "plaid-collar crime," is a growing problem for America's farm belt. From lush Hawaii to the Carolina plains, artichoke absconders, nut nappers, tree thieves, and even cattle rustlers are plucking, picking, hauling, and siphoning commodities from diesel to mangosteens at impressive rates. Loss is a familiar concept to a farmer. But such audacious heists have prompted many to go on the offensive to police America's wide-open spaces.
Article in Christian Science Monitor, October, 2006

This is proposed as an innovative group within the region, progressing along lines of available expertise, costs of services, and ability to expand to meet needs.


It is a system with objectives of:

  1. minimize lost-people events
  2. minimize stress of lost-people events
  3. minimize costs of lost-people events
  4. maximize regional citizen perception of security within the region
  5. minimize house and structural fires
  6. minimize estimated monetary losses from house and structural fires
  7. minimize burn victims
  8. minimize estimated occurrence of high-valued game and fish law violations
  9. minimize vandalism events
  10. minimize area-users encounters with drug producers and their systems
  11. minimize estimated monetary costs of recovery from vandalism events
  12. maximize citizen knowledge of natural-resource-related law
  13. minimizing perceived risks of back-country attacks
  14. minimize (along with The Pest Force) animal attacks and threats
  15. minimize injuries, their costs of treatment, and time loss during treatment and recovery


Computer systems will be used in innovative ways. These include risk-level maps, client location maps, ownership, flight patterns (aircraft search), wildlife zones and search access, potential violation zones, and (with the Fire Force) fire control access times.

Computer analysis services will be offered to regional and other agencies. Software for field computers will be developed. (A preliminary, comprehensive list is available. Staff works with citizen advisory work will complete the list.)

A section in The Trevey will be developed and dynamically improved.

A database on certain people and areas will be maintained.

Research protocols will be developed relating to input systems for enforcement and security groups

Visits and inspections made for clients will be held in one database.


Little money is made from "education" but The Safety and Security Group practice involves it in unusual ways, often as a public-relations cost of business. Employee safety is a high priority.We maintain an active safety committee that meets each month. Emphasis has been placed on safety awareness, training, and equipment as well as accident prevention, analysis, and reporting. Field staff use hard hats; and steel-toe and rough-sole boots and trekking poles are available if needed. Safety surveys are routinely conducted with the field crew to find all contributing factors to accidents (often long work days, poor light, bad weather, etc.). The goal is to reduce significantly accidents, vector and allergen contacts and near-misses and thus resulting pain, suffering, impaired health, and lost time and productivity. The strategies include:

  1. Prevention (e.g., proper care, placement, and use of tools)
  2. Positive feedback to citizens and to employees ("we're better than last year")
  3. Gaining high knowledge of the law (reducing inadvertent violations)
  4. Protection (locks, lights, etc.)
  5. Deterrence (visible presence, signs, rumors, reported arrests)
  6. Group action (community watches)
  7. Coordination and leadership (as in fire fighting and search crews)
  8. Apprehension, arrest, and court presentation
  9. Reconstruction
  10. Physical (as from vandalism)
  11. Personal (service time with convicted people through work with the courts)
  12. Research
  13. Adaptive change

Each of these has many combinations and permutations of techniques, only some of which are discussed here.

We operate on the basis of several theories of crime causation (Giles, 1989). The first is that some people are in deep poverty and have real needs and will eventually steal to get them. We develop (with others) select programs to assist (e.g., supply deer meat). Other people (another causative mechanism at work) seek excitement. We develop activities for them (e.g., escape/evasion outdoor challenge courses (Novosports; Poachers Anonymous; GPSence, etc.)

Others do not know the law. We educate in selective ways.

Protection is developed for cabins, farms, forest lands in area- and owner-specific ways. These include locks, window barriers, lights, signs, etc. Inspection visits are used. (Automatic alarm systems signaling a remote dispatcher are not contemplated as part of the service at this time.)

Boundary marking, education, and inspection (with apprehensions) are likely to keep timber trespass in check.

A strategy to reduce vandalism is available and included within The Trevey

A superior regional "hot-shot" fire fighting crew (Fire Force) will be developed. It may serve other regions. It may relate well to the excitement needed by some potential violators.

Hunter safety will be emphasized with public announcements, e.g., "x-thousand hunter-hours without an accident."

Hunter safety drama groups will be encouraged for entertainment, as well as for education. Hunter distribution may be use to increase safety.

Enforcement within The Deer Group and The Fishery will support The Pest Force.

A quality set of publications will be produced.

Training will be needed.

Dogs will be used in tracking, education, and demonstrations (see The Dogs Group).

Insurance group support will be sought for the safe hunter or angler (trained and with rates decreasing with safe behavior).

With hunters declining, emphasis is on outdoor user, hikers, etc. and desired behavior (that which will be without costs to landowners).


We need personal rewards. These will be studied. Annual reports to customers..." x-days without disruption" may suffice. New crime-rate reports will be produced. Citizens need to know about improvements made. "Thermometer" on the green at each area of the Pivotal Tracts or other properties may help express progress.

We have to clarify objectives related to research and action projects. For example, not working for "arrests" but "arrests for high-valued crime" is the direction, then we may include costs and effort of achieving each objective related to prevention.

Stability in the program will be difficult. There is little research planned; much is service- and PR-related; much is innovative. Awareness of the needs will assist in reducing costs and gaining clients.


The region is changing. Baseline data are needed so we do not look like we are "causing" problems since our measures may get worse, not due to us, but due to changing socioeconomic factors (e.g., the crime rate (crimes per 1000) may increase if the same number of criminals are at work but the population is decreasing). We need to express changes made within many sub-groups since the number in the sub-group may change faster than the factors we are trying to change. We need to issue news releases on our views of the future, sponsor university essays, etc.

Security and Safety Ideas

1. Computer-based foot, horse, and mobile patrols
2. Computer monitoring of teenager-driven vehicles to promote safe driving and reduce local accident rates and deaths (Contact: Automobile Club of New York, Robert Sinclair, Jr., Manager of public information, Office: 516/873-2258 , E-mail:; relate through The 4x4 Group
3. Boat safety and anti-violation education with tours
4. Protective signs
5. Land boundary marking (re trespass)
6. Property survey and scoring with suggestions for improved safety
7. Free entrance to annual crime-stopper fair
8. Patrols with dogs by uniformed staff
9. Wildlife law enforcement leadership
10. Sponsor an 800-phone line; Develop an extra contact when in need - a hot-line
11. Strategic staff-efforts to reduce crime and fear of crime in the region
12. Law education
13. Access to low-cost security and safety equipment and its installation
14. Security system sales and management (group purchases)
15. Lighting services
16. Random patrols
17. Speakers group
18. Sponsored research
19. Court officers included in tours
20. Annual regional crime report
21. Neighborhood crime-watch organizations
22. Fire prevention checks and scoring
23. Intensive newspaper work
24. Fire Force rapid response unit
25. Work with private detectives
26. Insurance benefits - premium based on attending a safety school and record 27. Insurance photo and records (bonded)
28. Mysterious/clandestine action and show of force
29. Distribute "obey the rules" cards
30. Youth program work (including wards of the courts)
31. Distribute safety "card game"
32. Make maps of problem occurrences
33. Cooperative work with other agencies, including bringing research results to the region
34. Study distributions, and develop predictive models
35. Back-of-truck demonstrations
36. Literature searches
37. Sponsor rewards
38. Self-defense education
39. Safety clothing design and sale (Outfits)
40. Make restaurant and meat locker checks for illegal products and have a "certified legal" sign
41. Handgun safety and education including supervised firing range work
42. Hunting safety and education
43. Work with taxidermists to reduce work with illegal animals
44. Affiliate with The Stables Group

Ideas for a Safe and Secure Fair

This is a special fair held in the region, perhaps along with a related activity, and one devoted to slowing or stopping crime and reducing life stresses and costs of living

  1. food
  2. knowledge of the law contests
    Safety ...
    Not an expense but an investment
  3. guns demonstrations
  4. equipment (e.g., night goggles) and books
  5. contests: (1) who can find most security violations; (2) who can find most fire violations
  6. humorous skits showing safety and other problems and possible solutions
  7. hand-to hand combat demo and dog attacks
  8. trespass signs
  9. game law enforcement booth and trail to teach the law
  10. "problem" drop box
  11. "leads" drop box
  12. computer demo
  13. fire fighting
  14. fire-fighting squirt-can contest
  15. other Rural System services

As PLANETís safety specialist, Sam Steel is responsible for responding to membersí requests for safety information and will provide guidance by e-mail. He will also actively participate with STARS (Safety Training Achieves Remarkable Success) Safe Company Program members to promote the exemplary programs of members who have achieved success in reducing injuries and claims.

Staff will contact Geller's company, Safety Performance Solutions

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Perhaps you will share ideas with me
about some of the topic(s) above

Rural System
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
October 26, 2006, August 10, 2007