One-in-six farmers hit by crime in the last year
ONE in six farmers has been the victim of a crime in their home or on their farm over the last year.
A survey involving more than 1,000 farmers at the National Ploughing Championships last week found that 16pc said they had suffered some type of crime over the last 12 months.
The survey, which involved 1,011 farmers in total, was carried out at the Farming Independent stand at the Ratheniska, Co Laois, event.
While no definitive data was taken from the 162 farmers who said they were the victims of crime, they indicated that most incidents involved the theft of machinery, tools, horse boxes or diesel from farmyards.
The theft of old machinery and gates for scrap metal was another common complaint. A few farmers said their homes were burgled, while a small number said they had livestock stolen.
Farmers in Munster were the most likely to have suffered some sort of crime, followed by Ulster and Leinster.