Warning after increased GPS tractor guidance system thefts
Gardaí have issued advice to farmers in light of recent GPS tractor guidance system thefts.
According to a statement that Gardaí released on Thursday, September 28th, 2022, there has been an increased number of such thefts in the Meath, Westmeath, and North Dublin areas.
The spokesperson added that an increased amount of farm thefts occur in Ireland in spring and autumn, which they suggested, may be related to peak farming activity.
However, they did acknowledge that thefts can occur at all hours and days of the week.
Meath Crime Prevention reminded farmers of farm machinery theft prevention advice. It has advised farmers:
- 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’.
- 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.
- Consider installing an alarm and CCTV in vulnerable areas out of view of the farmhouse. Install good lighting to illuminate areas viewed from home or covered by CCTV.
- Consider joining a Community Alert scheme or starting your own.
Report suspicious activity to local Gardaí immediately.
Poultry farm in court
Meanwhile, a poultry farm has been fined £44,000 (over €50,000) after a computer malfunction in a broiler shed ventilation system caused the death of more than 27,000 chickens.
Hudson & Sanders Limited appeared before Leicester Magistrates Court in the UK on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022.
The company pleaded guilty to four charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 after the birds died at a farm near Melton Mowbray in the UK.
Read more on this court story.