THE THEFT of everything from cattle to gates to water troughs has been reported in Farm Leader in recent weeks and months and the trend continues.
Garda John Finnerty, of Bruff Garda Station, says something that is very prevalent at the moment is the theft of diesel and petrol.
“Unfortunately it has become much more common in recent times, in this instance a large quantity of diesel was stolen from a tank in a farmyard at the town land of Ballyeagogue, Kilfinane. The diesel was stolen between 9am on Wednesday, July 2 and noon on Thursday, July 3.
“The farmyard is located in a remote area between Kilfinane and Knocklong. A large vehicle would have been required to convey the diesel from the farmyard,” said Garda Finnerty.
If you live in Ballyeagogue or nearby, you may have seen lights or some form of activity during the dates in question. Kilmallock gardai are investigating and can be contacted at 063 98018 if you can assist them in their enquiries.
Meanwhile, two tractor batteries were stolen from a farmyard at Ashfield, Kilmallock between 9pm on Thursday. July 3 and 8am on Friday, July 4.
“One of the batteries was taken from an agricultural tractor that was parked in the farmyard. The gardai at Bruff are investigating and would like to hear from anyone who may be able to provide some assistance in the investigation of this crime. They can be contacted at 061 382940,” said Garda Finnerty.
He also has advice for farmers concerning farm and plant security to help them combat the rise in crime.
“We have noticed of late that there have been many attempts by criminals to steal items from farmyards. In many cases items like quads, trailers, farm machinery etc are quite valuable and are vulnerable to opportunistic criminals,” said Garda Finnerty.
He says there are a number of security features farmers should consider regarding access to your property, boundaries, alarm/cctv, lighting and outbuildings.
“Restrict access to your yard. Install gates and fix them to a sturdy concrete or metal post. Keep them locked.
“Fencing, hedges and walls should be robust, well maintained and checked regularly for breaches.
“Consider installing an alarm in vulnerable areas. An alarm will emit an audible warning and CCTV will provide surveillance on places out of view of the farmhouse.
“Illuminate areas which are overlooked from the dwelling or covered by CCTV.
“Store your tools and smaller machinery items in a building with enhanced security features close to the farmhouse,” said Garda Finnerty.
Garda Finnerty also advises farmers to engrave and photograph all their machinery and never buy goods from strangers or pay cash for items.
Gardai warn that if found in possession of stolen goods you may be liable to prosecution.