Increasing numbers of farmers storing valuables in security vaults after rise in rural crime
Farmers from as far away as Kerry and Donegal are storing their valuables in security vaults in Dublin.
Seamus Fahy of Merrion Vaults told the Farming Independent that it has seen an increased number of farmers hire its vaults.
"Farmers from all over the country are storing valuables in our vaults. They're coming from all over the country from Donegal to Kerry," he said.
Mr Fahy said that the increased number of robberies in rural areas in recent weeks is the reason for the rising demand from farmers.
"It always happens when there are aggravated burglaries. Farmers have CCTV and other security measures but the vaults give them an added peace of mind," he said.
Mr Fahy added that farmers are storing important documents like title deeds and wills in the vaults, while young farmers are storing USB sticks with files on them.
In 2015, Ireland's banks ended their safekeeping vault services with many now availing of private vault companies to store their valuables.
IFA farm business chairman, Martin Stapleton added that there's been an increased number of Gardai asked to speak at regional IFA meetings due to the recent spate of rural crime incidents.