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Saturday 18 November 2017

Gardai warn farmers to lock up equipment amid spate of farm machinery thefts

Trainee Garda Jessica Newman from the Garda College in Templemore takes note of some recovered items in recent months. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Trainee Garda Jessica Newman from the Garda College in Templemore takes note of some recovered items in recent months. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Patsy McArdle

Gardai in the Cavan/Monaghan border Division issued a warning to all householders and farms with premises close to main routes to take extra precautions in locking- up sheds and increasing security around their properties, to prevent the theft of lawn-mowers and other gardening equipment.

The region was hit in recent days by a spate of tool thefts.

Gardening equipment, farm machinery and tools have all been stolen from premises in Cavan and Monaghan, according to senior gardai.

Among items stolen were a red Honda power-washer and a duck-feeder snatched in  the Latton area of Co. Monaghan, on October 14.

Gardaí also requested property-owners to make sure all their sheds were locked overnight and they were also advised to take note of the serial numbers of equipment and report any suspicious activity they might observe.

They’re also advising people only to purchase tools and equipment from reliable sources and not from travelling salesmen.

A number of weeks ago, equipment valued at €35,000, was stolen from a farm in Co. Limerick, while a number of farmers were the victims of a spate of quad bike thefts around Limerick.

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