Farmers warned to be alert to diesel thefts from yards during silage harvest
Pictured is a group of men who were captured on camera stealing diesel from machinery in the Delvin area of Co Westmeath.
The farmer involved, who does not want to be named, said the incident happened on Sunday and he warned that diesel being stolen from yards was likely to increase now that the silage season was starting to get going in earnest.
"I think farmers have to be extra vigilant and careful now that the silage season has started. Farmyards will be full of machinery and this is attracting in these characters," the farmer said.
"These lads are not going near diesel tanks with all the security cameras around them, they are going for the machines in the yard," he claimed.
The farmer explained that the thieves were not emptying out tractors or harvesters. Instead, they were just taking 25 or 30 litres out of each so that the drivers might not be aware that the diesel had been stolen.
"They spent half an hour going around the yard looking for empty five-gallon drums but they didn't empty out any of the tractors or machines," he said.
He maintained that in many cases farmers would not even be aware they had been robbed.