Gardai are urging farmers in Waterford to be vigilant following a spate of thefts recently.
Nine gates, a cattle box and fuel were stolen in the Lismore and Nire Valley areas.
In the Waterford and Tramore areas cast iron furniture, garden ornaments and ride on lawnmowers have also been stolen.
Farmers are being advised to mark and register their agricultural equipment to prevent them from being stolen.
Brendan Roche, the Crime Prevention Sergeant for the Waterford Division says the IFA has a good system for registering items: “It’s called Theft Stop and it allows farmers to register their property.” He says that farmers “get a unique identifying number for their farm that they can put on to the side of their machinery or any equipment. If it is stolen and it is recovered it can be returned to them immediately.”
Sergeant Roche is also encouraging farmers to secure small items like power tools in locked and alarmed sheds and to take pictures of all equipment.
He says fuel theft is also a problem advising farmers to “make sure that your diesel tanks are in a secure, well lit area, in line of sight of the house”.