Photograph machinery with unique ID features
The increased amount of farm theft has been highlighted by An Garda Síochana in Donegal.
According to Garda, the increase in thefts occurs during spring and autumn and may be related to peak farming activity.
In a social media post, it said: "An Garda Síochána would like to remind farmers of the following Farm Machinery Theft Prevention Advice:
"Store your tools and smaller machinery in secured buildings close to the farmhouse. Photograph machinery and tools, keep a detailed record of make, serial number and colour. Mark the property with a uniquely identifiable brand in both obvious and secret locations.
"For firearms storage use a secure firearms cabinet, secured to a solid wall. Restrict access to your farmyard, install gates and fix them to sturdy concrete or metal posts. Keep them locked and consider appropriate signage such as 'private property'.
Consider installing an alarm and CCTV in vulnerable areas out of view of the farm house. Install good lighting to illuminate areas viewed from the home or covered by CCTV. Consider joining a Community Alert scheme or starting your own. Report suspicious activity to local Gardaí immediately."
For further information on farmyard security visit our Crime Prevention page under www.garda.ie.
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