Farm thefts a growing problem in Argyll and Bute, says MSP

Theft of quad bikes and other agricultural equipment is a growing problem, says Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie McGrigor.
Theft of quad bikes and other agricultural equipment is a growing problem, says Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie McGrigor.

The theft of fuel, quad bikes and agricultural equipment from farms is an increasing problem in the Highlands and Islands - and in particular in Argyll and Bute, according to Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor.

Farm thefts a growing problem in Argyll and Bute, says MSP

The theft of fuel, quad bikes and agricultural equipment from farms is an increasing problem in the Highlands and Islands - and in particular in Argyll and Bute, according to Conservative MSP Jamie McGrigor.Mr McGrigor, a ‘list’ MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, raised the issue in written questions in the Scottish Parliament.

He has now received an answer from justice secretary Kenny MacAskill, encouraging farmers and people from all rural areas to participate in consultations on local policing plans.

After asking what the Scottish Government was doing to tackle the issue, Mr McGrigor was told that dealing with the problem was an operational matter for Police Scotland.

Mr McGrigor said: “ I have had contact from a number of farming constituents, especially in the Argyll and Bute area but also from elsewhere in my region, who are extremely concerned at what seems to be a spate of thefts from farms, with quad bikes being a particularly popular target at the moment.

“I have to say that while I accept that Kenny MacAskill is correct that tackling such thefts is an operational matter for Police Scotland, I am disappointed with his answers to my questions and the fact that he does not seem to share, or even acknowledge, the very real concern and anxiety in the farming community about the level of thefts of agricultural equipment. I will be pursuing this matter further with Police Scotland representatives.

“ Meanwhile I would encourage all my farming and crofting constituents to be extra vigilant in terms of securing their quad bikes and equipment wherever possible and to report suspicious behaviour if they encounter it.”