Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) Theft Stop Initiative

Theft Stop was developed as a result of the police and the Irish Farmers Association recognising the need to help farmers prevent theft of farm equipment.  Theft Stop is a free farm theft prevention initiative which provides members with a unique identification code to mark farm equipment. Marking property acts as an effective crime deterrent and will help reduce farm related theft. Theft Stop members can purchase a stencil kit or a metal punching set for application of their unique code. The marked equipment is then recorded on the website.  The initiative was first piloted in 2014 and is proposed to be rolled out nationwide on a county basis in 2015 and 2016.  

Theft Stop will provide the police with a comprehensive database of farm equipment which can be used in investigation, recovery and identification processes.  It will also allow the police to form and maintain an online directory of stolen farm machinery for police personnel to view.

A new campaign was launched on Monday, the 22nd August 2016 to combat the problem of farm related crime and thefts.

Jointly organised by Crimestoppers, the Irish Farmers Association, an Irish Police and DoneDeal the campaign is aiming to raise awareness among the public and in particular those in the farming community, of the issue of thefts from farms. This initiative follows the joint campaign run by Crimestoppers and the IFA last year to combat livestock theft.

Farmers are being reminded to sign up to the TheftStop scheme ( The joint initiative by the IFA and Irish Police provides members with a unique Security I.D. Members can then mark their machinery and equipment with this I.D and upload an image of the item to the TheftStop site. Marked and branded items are significantly less attractive to criminals to steal as they’ll be more easily recognisable by the public and harder to sell on.

Information on any suspicious activity can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service by calling 1800 25 00 25. Alternatively, information can be provided to the local Police station.


Last review: September 2017.