Kildare Gardai attend IFA meeting in The Keadeen Hotel recently

'Farm Watch' initiative provides crime prevention advice and services for farmers

Kim O'Leary

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Kildare Gardai attend IFA meeting in The Keadeen Hotel recently

Pictured: Caroline Farrell IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair, Brian Rush IFA County Chair, Adrian Goodwin IFA County Secretary, Declan Phelan IFA Region Executive, Garda Trish O’ Dowd and Garda

Garda Trish O’ Dowd and Garda Frank Cross attended an IFA meeting in The Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Monday the 15 July 2019 where they gave a presentation on the “Farm Watch” initiative, which provides crime prevention advice and services for farmers in the Newbridge Area.

Increased amounts of these thefts occur in Spring and Autumn, which may be related to peak farming activity. Thefts can occur at all hours and days of the week.

Farm items stolen include Tractors, Quad Bikes, Gates and Fertilizer.

Simple but Effective Farm Machinery Theft Prevention Advice:

1. 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.


2. 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”.


3. 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.


4. 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

Pictured: Caroline Farrell IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair, Brian Rush IFA County Chair, Adrian Goodwin IFA County Secretary, Declan Phelan IFA Region Executive, Garda Trish O’ Dowd and Garda Frank Cross of Newbridge Garda Station.