The popularity of Electric Fencing has led to an increase in thefts of expensive energisers. By the very nature that a battery driven electric fence energiser is left in remote rural areas invariably on the edge of fields means that they are easy targets and liable to be stolen by itinerant thieves. It is very hard to disguise their presence as the fence itself is highly visible and probably several miles long so a thief has to simply follow the fence to find the energiser and purloin it leaving valuable livestock to be free to roam or removing the necessary protection from predators. Visualise a herd of Elephants free to enter human habitation due to the lack of electric current in the restraining fence.
There are various methods of reducing theft. The first is the use of an energised metal box. This is simply a metal box that is insulated from the ground with the energiser and battery enclosed. It is then connected to the energiser so is live in itself. This metal box will have upwards of 6000v attached to it so is a pretty good deterrent in itself and has proved successful over the years. Access to the box is usually by an insulated key so is reasonably user friendly whilst being reasonably effective. There have however been reports that the whole box has been taken probably by using insulating gloves to prevent the electric shock being effective.
Another method is to cover the energiser in a camouflaged cover in an effort to make it less visible. This has been ineffective as the fence itself is still highly visible and very simple to track back to find the energiser.
Horizont Electric Fencing (Germany) has developed a range of energisers with active electronics that are able to register that the energiser has been tampered with. As the energiser is moved or removed from the input power source the electronics register this change and stimulate a text message to be sent to a pre set mobile number. This function will remove the fear that a fence will be compromised and ineffective for an unknown period whilst predators invade or your valuable animals escape to pastures new.
The GPS Anti-Theft function immediately notifies you that a theft has taken place the minute it is disconnected and taken and will transmit the co-ordinates of the energiser together with the current speed over the ground. This location may be viewed directly on Google Maps using a standard Smartphone. This signal will be transmitted for 48 hours allowing you to track it and recover it from a possible theft situation.
A second a highly useful function of the electric fence energiser is that it will notify you via your mobile phone when the energy in the fence drops below a pre-determined point allowing you to investigate a problem before a catastrophe occurs. The same function will allow you to switch the energiser off remotely when you find the fault by an Application on the phone. As soon as the necessary repairs are completed the fence may again be switched on. This function removes the necessity of traipsing back and forth to switch off the energiser to effect repairs to the fence.