Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan has congratulated the PSNI on recent successes on tackling crimes against farmers.
Mr. McMullan stated,
“I had previously called on the PSNI to set up a dedicated unit to tackle crimes against farmers as separate to rural crime.
“Since this unit has come into effect we have seen several successes. I welcome the fact that over the past few weeks there has been the recovery of stolen livestock and farm machinery and several arrests.
“In recent days two expensive tractors were recovered, one due to the vigilance of the public and the other because it was fitted with a tracking device.
“The PSNI previously launched a marking scheme for farm machinery that helped farmers access this service at a discounted price.
“I am now calling on the PSNI, Farming Unions and distributers of tracking devices to come together to instigate a similar scheme that will help farmers fit tracking devices to expensive machinery at discounted price.
“Not only will this help protect the machinery but also allow the PSNI to recover stolen equipment and disband the organised gangs that are preying on farmers.”