03 Jul 2022

Facts about theft of farm machinery

Laois Offaly Kildare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Graham Kavanagh has a few simple steps to deter and deny criminals

Laois offaly garda

Photo courtesy of Garda Mc Ateer Abbeyleix out and about patrolling

There are a few simple steps can deter and deny criminal opportunities on the farm.

Trailers are the most commonly stolen item of farm machinery.

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. Remove keys from quads, and all vehicles when not in use and stationary.

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


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