Two thirds of farmers hit by rural crime
Two thirds of farming families have been hit by crime, the shocking findings of an ICSA survey revealed this week.
The farming organisation described the findings as 'startling', coming at a time of heightened security fears in rural Kerry amid continuing burglaries on homes and businesses.
ICSA President Patrick Kent said the results of the National Agriculture Crime Survey show the issue is far more alarming than official figures would suggest: "The results of the survey reveal that the issue of agricultural crime is a far bigger issue than official Garda statistics would suggest."
"They would also suggest that the courts have adopted a far too lenient approach to offenders, particularly to repeat offenders.
"The rural community believes that the judicial system provides virtually no deterrent to this type of crime," he added.