ICSA: Farmers must unite to tackle rural crime

The president of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association believes farmers looking out for each other is the best way to try to tackle rural crime.

Several farmers in this region have suffered from brazen thefts over the past 12 months, with gardaí urging owners of any machinery to make sure it is marked to make it harder to sell on if stolen.

Pat Keating, who was recently appointed as president for his third two-year term, believes gardaí can only do so much, especially in rural areas across Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim.

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The head of the ICSA says farmers can use basic technology to combat crime.