2.1 Territoriality

Territoriality dentifies the legitimate allocation of space to those who are approved to work in the area and those who should not have access. Food industry protocols that address territoriality will assure that appropriate people are in a given space (production line, factory), wear colour coded protective clothing by location. Creates a visual territoriality that should prove a deterrent to illicit individuals entering that space who would be readily identified if they are not in appropriate clothing.

Whilst territoriality can be addressed by protocols in processing, storage and defined spaces such as farmyard areas, it proves more problematic at the field level where in the UK access often cannot be limited or prevented. Further if the perpetrators of  crime are not outsiders or strangers, but are instead members of the community such as other farmers and/or professional rural offenders with legitimate reasons for access to a given location then legitimacy of access will have less influence on crime prevention (Mawby, 2017). Therefore this option to mitigate food crime can only be used in certain situations.