Text alerts do the job as tractor thefts drop
Tractor theft in Ireland is on a downward trend this year, according to new figures from the Garda Siochana Stolen Motor Vehicles Investigation Unit.
Some 46 tractors have been stolen across the country so far this year, compared with 75 tractors last year and 107 tractors in 2009.
Improved recovery rates of stolen vehicles, extra vigilance and the publicity surrounding tractor theft have resulted in a decrease of tractor theft this year, according to Detective Sergeant Finbarr Garland from the stolen vehicles unit.
"At least one major Irish gang involved in tractor theft has been dismantled this year," said Detective Garland. "Some of those guys are in prison and will be for a long time.
"We are also rapidly closing in on another gang."
The majority of tractors stolen from Irish farms are taken at night from farmyards, sheds and fields close to the home, according to the Garda.
The tractors' identities are then changed and the machines shipped across to Britain in curtain-sided trailers.
Britain, Romania and Poland are the top destinations for tractors stolen here, with many of them being exported within 24 hours of being stolen.