How to avoid olive theft?

Hello! Today I want to dedicate the article to a topic that is very important these days.How to avoid olive theft? What can or should a farmer who has been working for an entire year do to avoid having the fruit of his labor taken away from him? The bread that he will possibly feed his entire family.

It must be recognized that thefts in the countryside have been intensifying over the last few years; from experience I can affirm that in the countryside it is impossible to have absolutely nothing.

By nothing I mean that, nothing, don’t think I’m talking about a work machine or a tractor, they have stolen an old iron bathtub that served as a feeder for a mule. What price could they have given for it to the person who took it from the yard where the mule is?

Forgive the expressions I use or the forms, but I want it to be clear to you that I speak in the first person, so I may not be as objective as the person who has nothing in the field and is sitting behind a table giving orders.

1st way to avoid olive theft: Collect it as soon as possible

From my point of view and returning to the main topic of this article, there is a foolproof way to avoid olive theft.

Picking the olive as soon as possible minimizes the risk of it being stolen, I know that this is very difficult to do and even more so if you plan to obtain a high alcohol content, since in most cases, this forces you to leave the olive in the field for quite some time until it reaches its optimal point of maturation.

The less time the olive is in the field at the mercy of the thief, the less likely he will be to take it.

I recognize that this is very obvious, but there are times when a farmer must think about whether it is worth taking the risk of keeping his olives in the field for a long period of time to obtain a higher yield.

2nd Way to avoid olive theft: Keep an eye on it

My father always says that before, when he was little, there were many guards in the countryside, in addition to many hamlets and small houses in which people lived, this forced in most cases the thief to look for a place where there were no nobody, so the robbery was more complicated.

The big problem in the countryside today is that almost no one wants to be in it.

At the end of their day, the farmers return to their house which is in the urban center and do not return to the field until the next day.

This gives a lot of room for maneuver to the thief, who can roam freely around him all this time and with the right machinery, he can collect a large amount of olives at once.

With all this I mean that, one way to avoid the theft of olives is to save them, watch over them, take care of them and make sure that no one steals them.

Is this profitable? Can every farmer do it? Most likely not, it is something old, outdated and very difficult to do, but effective.

3rd way to avoid olive theft: Make access difficult

The third way that I propose to prevent olive theft is to make access to the olive trees difficult, it may be through a fence, a ditch or another type of impediment.

Accessing an olive grove that does not have any type of delimitation is not the same as trying to access another that has a fence.

The thief will look for the simplest and safest way of access, although I know of cases in which fences and wire fences have been broken.

I point out again that this has an expense, we are talking about a large perimeter of land, so any intention to fence a property will have a high cost.

Is this expense worth it? Are the methods presented in this article foolproof? It all depends on each farmer and it is up to him, the best way to prevent olive theft.

I thank Bodegas La Aurora for the space on their blog and I hope that the ideas provided throughout this article serve as inspiration, to say the least. Do you have any way to prevent olive theft?Greetings and see you next week!

By Rafael Espejo.

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