Public And Farming Community Urged To Beef Up Security

By Seamus Whelehan

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Farmers and the general public are being warned to beef up security after a spate of property thefts across the county.
Senior Garda management issued the warning after it was reported that 1,519 incidents of theft from property were recorded by the force in the three months between April and June.
The figure represents an increase of 176 incidents on the same time last year.
Chief Superintendent Ger Dillane told a sitting of Cork County Councils Joint Policing Committee on Monday 24 July, professional criminals are targeting farm outhouses in addition garden sheds.
The senior guard said these gangs are targeting rural areas, taking garden strimmer’s, lawnmowers and chainsaws.
The Superintendent added that he witnessed an increase in the theft of quad bikes from farm outhouses.
“We cannot appeal enough to farmers to keep their property safe where it’s under CCTV, not to leave valuable property in outhouses.”
“While property is not as high as it was two years ago it is starting to climb” he said.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to an Garda Siochana.

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