Farmers Urged to Combat Livestock Theft Via Confidential Hotline

Reward fund of €10,000 available for significant information as part of joint campaign launched by Crimestoppers, IFA and Gardai

A new campaign is being launched today to combat the problem of livestock theft. Jointly organised by Crimestoppers, the Irish Farmers Association and an Garda Siochana, the campaign is calling on members of the public and in particular those in the farming community with information on the theft of cattle and sheep to come forward with information. Information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25. Alternatively, information can be provided to your local Garda station.

Theft of both cattle and sheep is an issue that affects all regions of Ireland, causing significant problems for the farmers who fall victim to the criminals. In one incident during 2014, one farmer had 17 of his 18 calves stolen by thieves, causing significant financial loss.

Tim Dalton, Chairman, Crimestoppers said, “Crimestoppers provides a fully confidential means for every citizen to report crime, without fear of recrimination. The call is free and the information is given completely anonymously. The service has consistently proved very valuable in eliciting information to assist investigations in both urban and rural Ireland. We hope this campaign will prove similarly successful in tackling livestock theft.”

IFA President Eddie Downey said, “The theft of cattle and sheep is a real issue for farmers. Apart from the financial loss, the trauma inflicted on farm families leaves them very vulnerable and stressed. This is something that comes up repeatedly at IFA County Executives around the country.”

He continued, “We are taking this initiative with the Gardai and Crimestoppers and putting up a reward of €10,000, to get significant information that will lead to the arrest and charge of individuals in connection with livestock theft.”

Derek Byrne, Assistant Commissioner, An Garda Siochana said, “Livestock theft is a problem that can be tackled if enough information is provided. I am appealing for members of the public, and in particular any member of the farming community, who have noticed or heard about suspicious activity around farms in their locality to come forward to either An Garda Siochana or to the confidential Crimestoppers 1850 250025 number.”

If you have any information in relation to livestock theft, you can contact your local Garda Station or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25. Your call to Crimestoppers is free and anonymous and you might receive a reward for information.

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