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New rural crime initiative outlined at Bantry meeting

April 25th, 2016 11:30 AM

By Southern Star Team

Sgt Ian O'Callaghan, West Cork Crime Prevention Officer; Colin Connolly, IFA Rural Crime Prevention Officer; Corney Buckley, chairperson of West Cork IFA, and Supt Brendan Fogarty of Bantry Garda District, seen at the 'Stop Theft' presentation by An Garda Síochána, Community Alert and West Cork IFA,

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RURAL crime has become a big problem in many parts of Ireland in recent times. 

Last year, in response to this growing challenge to the farming community, the IFA launched a new initiative to help prevent farm theft, in partnership with An Garda Síochána. To spearhead this new initiative, the IFA appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Officer, Colin Connolly. 

The former Garda, with experience in crime investigation and crime prevention techniques, recently addressed a Community Alert meeting at Westlodge Hotel in Bantry. He outlined the different aspects of the policy, known as ‘Theft Stop’, which could become a considerable deterrent to criminals who target rural Ireland. 

A selection of various-sized self-adhesive stencils can be purchased. These can be attached to any machine and then sprayed using the paint provided. 

In addition, a metal stamping kit is available with which a farmer can mark a concealed part of a machine or vehicle with a special security ID which is unique to that individual. 

The initiative is open to everyone, but the required components can be purchased by IFA members at a considerably reduced cost. Further details are available at www.theftstop.ie.  

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