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Police continuing to focus on crimes against farming community
Inspector Roy Robinson, the sector commander for Enniskillen and Fermanagh West, said that deterring and detecting agricultural crime was a priority.
“There are two strands to our operations, one is to help farmers find the appropriate tools and systems to protect their livestock and property, the other is the thorough investigation of incidents.
“We are now rolling out Farmwatch across the county and have held several crime prevention shows and our trailer-marking scheme has been hugely successful.
These help farmers keep up with the latest crime-prevention technology.
“Due to the proximity with the border, Fermanagh presents opportunities for criminals to steal in one jurisdiction and then take the proceeds into the other. We are working closely with Gardai to share information and enquiries.
“Just last week we helped our cross-border colleagues by carrying out a search in the Macken area for sheep that had been stolen in Ballyshannon, though nothing was found.
“We also carried out a search a few weeks ago in the Gardenhill area of Belcoo, and neither the owner, nor the person leasing it werein any way involved in any criminal activity, and we are satisfied that no stolen sheep had been there.
“Information about criminal activity can be vital, so I would ask anyone with knowledge of crimes or criminals to get in touch with us.”