Agriculture crime survey welcome – Kenny
Speaking today from his constituency, Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman, Martin Kenny TD, welcomed the launch of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association agriculture crime study to be carried out in this state.
Deputy Kenny said:
“There is no doubt that crime in rural areas, including agriculture crime, is on the increase, judging by anecdotal evidence at my constituency clinics.
“Many incidents are not reported to gardaí at all and this too deserves investigation. My own belief is that due to closure of Garda stations and other cuts to the police service, people are losing faith in the guards and feeling that there is no point in reporting crime anymore.
“Many rural communities have begun to join together to attempt to police their own areas with initiatives such as Community Alert and Text Alert, which is an indication of the level of concern in rural areas about crime.
“This survey will gather data on the kind and level of crime and the cost of crime to farm businesses. I encourage all farmers and rural dwellers to take part and help make sure that the data collected accurately reflects the situation on the ground. The survey is anonymous and online at www.icsaireland.com .
“I congratulate the ICSA for this valuable initiative and hope that the results of the survey will help farmers, farm organisations and elected representatives to develop strategies to help stop this scourge on the countryside.”