CRIME is an ever-prevalent problem in our society. Burglaries in Ireland increased by 8% in the twelve months between June 2009 and June 2010 with 85% of burglaries take place while people are at home.
In light of these shocking statistics, nexst Tuesday's 'Ear to the Ground' (RT ONE at 8.30pm) looks at some of the rural crimes that are on the increase and explores what we can do to keep our homes and property safe.
Darragh McCullough talks exclusively to Padraig Nally, the farmer who had his manslaughter conviction quashed and prompted a change in legislation following his notorious case.
In October 2004 Padraig Nally shot John 'Frog' Ward dead. He said he believed that Mr Ward and his son were at his home to rob him and cause him harm.
He was convicted of Mr Ward's manslaughter but walked free after he was acquitted of the crime at a retrial in December 2006. The case prompted the publication of a new legal framework, which governs how we can protect our homes. Darragh also meets Professor McAuley of the Law Reform Commission who explains what the changes mean for householders.
Over the last number of months there has been an increase in the theft of livestock from farms around the country. Helen Carroll meets two Wicklow farmers who have lost almost one hundred sheep between them. Despite massive investment in livestock traceability systems, sheep still seem to vanish without a trace.
In addition to the impact on the livelihood of the farmers in question these thefts undermine our traceability system, which ultimately endangers the health status of the national herd and could lead to another foot and mouth disaster.
How many of us have had a drive in the country spoiled by unsightly rubbish mounds thrown over fences and ditches? Wicklow is known as the garden of Ireland and is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. However, it's also home to a serious dumping problem.
Ella McSweeney goes on patrol with the Pure Project, a company who not only remove the waste but also aim to track down the culprits. The project uses hidden CCTV cameras and sifts through the illegally dumped rubbish in a bid to find details that will identify who has committed the crime and help to bring them to justice.