Gardaí and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) have today (Tuesday, September 23 2014) launched Theft Stop, a joint crime prevention initiative to tackle the theft of farm machinery.
Theft Stop is designed to deter criminals from taking and selling farm equipment by ensuring it is clearly marked with a unique ID and then registered on a nationwide database.
Following a successful pilot of the scheme in Tipperary, An Garda Síochána and the IFA intend to the roll-out the system nationwide in 2015. They are appealing for farmers from across the country to sign-up to the scheme over the coming months.
While figures from An Garda Síochána Analysis Service show that property crimes at farms fell 8% in the last year, over €1.7m worth of property was stolen from farms during that time.
The most common category of property taken in the last year was farm equipment with trailers being a particular target for thieves.