Farm and Rural Security Conference

Criminal activities in the rural areas have seen an increase on a yearly basis. Recent statistics have shown a worrying trend where farm workers, farm owners and rural citizens have endured gruesome ordeals at the hands of criminals; to the extent that about 70 farms owners are estimated to have lost their lives in almost 400 farm crimes recorded in 2016. Thousands of livestock have also been stolen.

Security on the farms and surrounding rural areas needs to be enhanced so as to ensure that agricultural success can go on unimpeded. On the public side, public safety and security officers are duty-bound to protect the farms for national good and to allow for farm operations to run without risk. Privately, people living on the farms and in rural areas can do a lot to ensure that their lives are as safe as they can; there is a lot of safety and security technology that have been introduced in recent years, which can go a long way in helping local farms to stay safe.

But ultimately, it will be the fostering of closer ties between public and private security efforts that can help farmers sleep easier at night; and the Farm and Rural Security Conference is looking to achieve exactly that. Scheduled for the 15th of March 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the conference seeks to explore the new innovations in security that can be applied to farming and rural areas, as well as public policies that can help prevent criminal behaviour in rural areas. While detective measures can always be undertaken to find perpetrators after a crime has been committed, this conference will discuss pro-active security measures whose aim is to save lives and property, as well as eradicate the scourge of crime from the farms.

As such, there will be presentations from policy makers, security professionals, as well as success stories that will help us chart the way to a safe and secure farming community in South Africa.


  • To explore new security technologies for farming areas
  • To discuss policy frameworks that would work for farms
  • To examine the importance of rural areas in food security
  • To map out ways of bringing farms and rural areas into the digital interconnected age


Target Audiences

  • CEOs
  • Directors
  • Security Directors
  • Farms owners
  • Farm managers
  • Security Managers
  • Loss Control Officers
  • Police officers
  • Municipal managers
  • Rural Safety campaigners
  • Rural Community Leaders
  • Farmers Associations
  • Agriculture Agencies and Departments
  • Rural Development Councils
  • Security Companies
  • Security Agencies
  • Civil Society
  • Government Departments
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Aquaponics
  • Academics
  • Social Workers
  • Prosecutors
  • Criminologists
  • Traditional leaders
  • Aquaculture