16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


THIEVES have stolen around €35 million worth of property, including cash, from homesteads and rural premises on both sides of the Border in the last two years.
This has emerged according to figures collated by the gardai, the PSNI, and farming organizations in the Republic and the North, since 2010.
The disclosure was made at a well attended information meeting, on Thursday night last, at the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney, at which a major crime prevention awareness campaign was launched to thwart the efforts of criminal gangs in the region, by introducing improved security measures at farms and other rural dwellings.
Senior gardai, who were joined by representatives of the major farming organisations at the Information Session, revealed there was a marked increase in the number of thefts of tractors, trailers, and cars from rural premises.
And according to Garda Sergeant Noel Harraghy, who is atttached to the Crime Branch of the Cavan/Monaghan Garda Division in Monaghan town, a certain amount of the stolen property is being “shipped out” of the country.
He revealed that one digger stolen recently in the Border region on a Friday was located the following Monday, working on the site of the new Olympic “village” in London!
He said a number of tractors were also stolen from various premises in the Border region, in recent weeks. Other thefts related to cars stolen in creeper-type crimes in which thieves enter dwellings and find the keys of vehicles which are left in hallways or other locations where they are discovered with very little difficulty.
Mr. Ian Marshall, Deputy President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, who also addressed the seminar, revealed there was a 28 per cent rise in farm thefts in the North since 2010.
Figures for that year showed that property worth …

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