23 Sep 2014
IFA & AN GARDA SIOCHANA LAUNCH FARM THEFT PREVENTION INITIATIVECountryside, Environment & Rural Affairs, Rural Security
IFA President Eddie Downey and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan launch new farm theft prevention initiative at #ploughing14
The service provides farmers with a unique security ID, linked to their IFA membership number, to mark machines and equipment.
The initiative, which has been developed in partnership with An Garda Siochana and supported by FBD, allows Theft Stop to communicate with members in the event of farm machinery theft. A comprehensive database will also be maintained of all stolen equipment for members to view.
IFA President Eddie Downey said, “The increase in the theft of agricultural equipment is of concern to IFA. It is estimated that theft from farms has increased by 40% in recent years. For this reason, we have partnered with An Garda Siochana to develop the Theft Stop crime prevention initiative. I would encourage you to become part of this initiative by registering today. Stencilling your equipment will act as a crime deterrent and in turn make your farm more secure”.
Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan said An Garda Siochana fully supports initiatives that prevent, deter and reduce crime on farms. Theft Stop is another excellent example of effective crime prevention through partnership. We look forward to working again with the IFA in tackling rural crime.