Beekeepers turn to anti-theft technology as hive thefts rise

  • A bee approaches an almond blossom in an orchard near Woodland, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. About a thousand beehive boxes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars have been reported stolen across California the past few weeks. The thefts have become so frequent that beekeepers are putting tracking devices, surveillance cameras and other anti-theft technology to protect their hives. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

  • Beekeeper Hello Medina displays a beehive frame outfitted with a GPS locater that will be installed in one of the beehives he rents out, in Woodland, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. As almond flowers start to bloom, beekeepers rent their hives out to farmers to pollinate California's most valuable crop, but with the blossoms come beehive thefts. Medina says last year he lost 282 hives estimated to be worth $100,000, and is now installing GPS-enabled sensors to help find the stolen hives. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

WOODLAND, Calif. — For a few frenzied weeks, beekeepers from around the United States truck billions of honeybees to California to rent them to almond growers who need the insects to pollinate the state’s most valuable crop.