Farmers need to up their game on security measures
Farms must follow the steps of other businesses by installing strong security measures to protect their valuable equipment, a garda crime prevention officer has urged.
Hundreds of farmers, construction workers, landscapers and families attended the property recovery day staged by gardaí in Nenagh, Co Tipperary last week to reunite over €200,000 worth of items believed stolen with their owners.
Garda crime prevention officer Tom O’Dwyer urged farmers to ensure that all of their property is firmly marked with their Eircode, with ultra-violet pen on small items and etched on larger property.
Farmers were also urged to create a “secure shed” as close to their dwelling house as possible. “It should have enhanced security features on it such as an alarm,” he said. “Even if they are down in the back field cutting hay or whatever, the alarm will ring the mobile if someone goes into the shed,” Sgt O’Dwyer said.
He also called on farmers to follow a few steps that can act as a strong deterrent such as secure gates and good security lighting at nightime, with CCTV cameras an extra deterrent. In addition to marking items, he urged farmers to write down the make, model and security numbers of their equipment and photograph them.
“We also want people to think about items they are offered for sale secondhand such as tools. They should double check to make sure they are not stolen. If the price is too good to be true, then it is,” he said, adding that goods would not be stolen if there wasn’t a market for them.
Francis Gilroy, whose company FPSL Technologies has set up the LogitFindit app, said they intended it to work as a database with serial numbers, information and photos of stolen items. He told those viewing the items that people could then check before they bought it to make sure it wasn’t stolen.