Three tractors stolen in a spate of machinery thefts in the west
Gardai are appealing for information after three tractors, as well as some farm machinery, were stolen in north Co. Leitrim, the Leitrim Observer reports.
It is understood the farm machinery thefts took place on Friday, November 4, and in the early hours of Monday morning on November 7.
On a farm at Drumconnor, Dromahair last Friday night a Massey Ferguson tractor was reportedly stolen at 11pm.
Meanwhile, it is believed that between 12.30am and 1.00am on Monday morning two tractors and some farm machinery were stolen from two separate farms.
In Ballaghnabehy, Glenfarne, close to the Big Bog Cross on the Manorhamilton to Glenfarne road another Massey Ferguson tractor was stolen from a shed, according to the paper.
A number of items were also understood to have been stolen from another farm in the same townland a short while later, including a tractor, quadbike and a log splitter.
Gardai told the Leitrim Observer that an articulated lorry or trailer would have been needed to transport the machinery out of the area.
In particular Gardai are keen to speak to people who may have seen a yellow Ford Transit van which was seen in the Dromahair and Glenfarne area over the course of the weekend, the paper reports.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station on 071 9650510.
Steps to take to prevent your tractor being stolen
The IFA advises farmers to park vehicles as close to your premises as possible, preferably in doors.
Many companies now offer alarm and tracking devices for tractors and farm machinery, while marking or customising your farm equipment will ensure that your property is easily identifiable and will deter thieves.
The IFA initiative Theft Stop allows you to both ID mark your property and keep secure records. You can register for free at online and once registered, you will get a unique security ID that you can use to brand or mark your property.