Farm crime spree in Leinster sparks renewed warnings on security
A fresh spate of farm burglaries in Leinster has sparked calls for increased security on farms this summer.
A stud farm at the Curragh, Co Kildare, had its gates rammed to gain entry between May 24 and May 25. Saws, drills, hammers, grinders, horse collars and fuel were reported stolen. Gardai are also investigating after a farm premises was broken into in Rathcoffey, Co Kildare on May 9 with tools, equipment and diesel taken.
A Wicklow farmer also reported a stolen trailer, with 10 sheep gates inside, from his farmyard in Grangecon on May 22.
Sgt Gerry Goode at Naas Garda station said: "These people are moving around seeking an opportunity. CCTV is one deterrent but farmers must invest in good locks for oil tanks and make it as difficult as possible."
Colin Connolly, former IFA rural crime officer said: "Farmers are so busy they are neglecting security. They are leaving gates and sheds open and taking a gamble. Criminals visit before crimes, they know where farmers are a bit complacent."
It comes as the Minister for Justice and Equality has been called on to urgently outline her plans to combat increased thefts from farms.
Making the call, Independent Senator Ronan Mullen, said farmers have been making the best of this weather by spreading slurry and doing all sorts of cutting and other general maintenance on their land.
However, he says some are waking up to find that their machinery, equipment or livestock have been stolen from their yards or fields while they slept.