Farmers on alert as cattle rustling, thefts rise
CATTLE rustling is making an unlikely return as criminals target farms in the recession.
Gardai said yesterday that organised gangs were also stealing hundreds of thousands of euro worth of farm equipment and selling it in the UK and Eastern Europe.
There has been a significant increase in farm-related crime over the past 12 months.
Farmer Frank Hannigan from Clonee Road in Co Dublin was among those affected.
He recently woke up to discover €5,000 worth of equipment had been stolen from his farmyard overnight.
"We had all the security we could possibly have," he told the Irish Independent.
"We locked all of our gates and doors, but that wasn't a deterrent enough for the intruders," he said.
The thieves entered Mr Hannigan's property through a gap in a hedge and used a battery grinder to cut through his locks.