Eircode have teamed up with not-for-profit company Property Marking Ireland and local communities, to roll out a nationwide property marking programme which aims to combat property theft and assist in the identification and return of stolen property.
Property Marking Ireland, a not-for-profit company works with local communities to run events where people can get their property marked with their Eircode. The property marking machine uses a tungsten carbide pin to stamp a pattern of dots, in the shape of an Eircode, into the selected item. Material from steel and aluminum to plastic can be marked
Eircodes can be marked onto farm equipment, garage and garden tools, power tools, computers and electrical devices, many mobile phones and tablets, equestrian equipment, golf clubs, musical instrument cases, bicycles, and much more. Property that is marked with the Eircode is less attractive to thieves as it is difficult to sell and easier for An Garda Síochána to trace the owner.
Warning signs are also put up in the community to make criminals aware that property is now marked and thus make it less attractive for theft.
As at April 2019 property marking with Eircodes has commenced in West Cork, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo and will be followed in the coming months, by counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Louth, Sligo, Roscommon and Tipperary. Local communities can get more information from Property Marking Ireland https://propertymarking.ie
Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan T.D. said, "Good policing is about cooperation and schemes like these are great because they help us help the Gardai to keep us safe. They make it easier for the Gardai to match recovered goods with rightful owners, and they also make us feel safer in the first place knowing that we are less likely to be targeted if potential thieves know we have come together and marked all our goods."