The Ohio Farm Bureau Property Protection Program has been in existence for more than 40 years. It began in 1971 with the purpose of deterring crime in rural areas. Over time, the program has been updated, particularly increasing the reward to keep pace with current economic values.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Ohio Farm Bureau Property Protection Program will pay a $5,000 reward to anyone providing information to law enforcement that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons for eligible property crimes committed against a Farm Bureau member’s property. For the reward to be paid, the person providing information, the Farm Bureau member, and the crime must meet the eligibility criteria and all terms and conditions of this program. See complete terms and conditions below.
In order for the Property Protection Program to be fully utilized, members are also encouraged to inform neighbors about the program. The letter below not only explains the program, but also explains how neighbors can join the Ohio Farm Bureau and take advantage of the property protection program themselves. Members who send the letter are encouraged to follow-up with a visit.
- OFBF Property Protection Program: Terms & Conditions
- OFBF Property Protection Program Claim Form: Fillable Form
- OFBF Neighborhood Watch Letter: Letter
- OFBF Property Protection Sign: Example Sign
Contact your county Farm Bureau office:
- To answer additional questions
- To obtain $5,000 Property Protection signs
- To inquire about crimes committed on or before Dec. 31, 2019. Prior applicable program rules and claim forms will apply.
The conviction must be for at least one of the following crimes as defined in the Ohio Revised Code committed on or after Jan. 1, 2020:
a. Arson (R.C. 2909.13)
b. Aggravated Burglary (R.C. 2911.11)
c. Burglary (R.C. 2911.12)
d. Breaking and Entering (R.C. 2911.13)
e. Criminal Damaging or Endangering (R.C. 2909.06)
f. Criminal Mischief (R.C. 2909.07)
g. Criminal Trespass (R.C. 2911.21)
h. Aggravated Trespass (R.C. 2911.211) Theft (R.C. 2913.02)
i. Vandalism (R.C. 2909.05)
j. Vehicular Vandalism (R.C. 2909.09)
k. Only one reward will be paid even if the person is convicted of more than one eligible crime.
l. If the conviction is appealed to a higher court, it must not be reversed on appeal.