- is useful for capturing images of the thief, and if you are close by when the alert comes in you could attend and call the police. In my experience though, the thief often gets away before the cavalry arrive and then identifying the thief is not always so easy. I’d rather have the video than not though!
2 ideal if hives are to be left in the same location! It would be fun to watch the security video of someone trying to take off with it! But not so ideal if the hives are to be relocated, means more digging etc. Lots of merit in this idea for the small scale beekeeper.
As with any type of property theft, any deterrent is better than nothing. There’s always going to be the baddie who will try anything, but there’s lots more who won’t even try to steal if there’s even just the basic level of security in place, they will look for easier targets instead. Most of us lock our car and homes, knowing that a determined thief can still get in if they really wanted to. There’s probably very few of us who wouldn’t bother locking just because we figured the few determined thieives would get in anyway.
With the flow hive, there is two theft risks:
Someone stealing your USD$600 hive, and
Someone opening the hatches and using a Flow tool to steal your honey!
The theft of honey from a flow hive is easier for a person with no beekeeping gear than from a traditional hive. If someone were to steal your tradition frames, they would need beekeeping gear and extracting gear, but to steal honey from a Flow, all you need are the ‘keys’ and the tubes, some jars, and about 2 hours.
I’m working on some designs to enable Flow owners to lock up the access points to prevent honey theft. Look cost ideas that can be easily installed by the average owner. I’ll post some draft concepts in the coming weeks for others to critique and comment on.
Thanks for thinking of some ways to secure the hives and the honey!