Criminals targeting expensive tools of the trade
Rural crime is becoming so bad that businesses have to factor in the cost of expensive machinery being stolen, it has been warned.
Self-employed businessman Billy Fahy was among a steady stream of people looking through the €200,000 worth of goods believed stolen across Ireland and the UK at the garda property recovery day in Nenagh, Co Tipperary yesterday.
Spread out across the warehouse were dozens of strimmers, valuable chainsaws, expensive tool-kits, a quad, car trailers, costly con-saws and generators.
Mr Fahy said tradespeople are being relentlessly targeted by criminals.
"If you have a logo on your van or if you are a tradesman it is nearly like a tax that you have every year that you have to factor that in to your accounts," the landscape gardener said.
For Mr Fahy, who has been operating Lush Landscapes in Kilkenny for 10 years, there was no sign of his items that were stolen about two months ago from his shed.
"Luckily I'd a lot of handtools in the jeep - it was more cement mixers, consaws, powerwashers, drills, strimmers and a lawnmower. There was about €5,000 or €6,000 worth taken," he said.