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03 Apr 2019

Eircode is Central in the Roll Out of Property Marking

  • James O’Neill, Property Marking Ireland, Garda Antoinette Prior, Charlie Shanley, local farmer, acting burglar and Karen Dwyer, Eircode - showcasing the Property Marking machine at a local farm in Killeshandra, Cavan.

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, into the selected item.  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. 

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.  These Eircodes are difficult to remove and can be repeated a number of times on the one item.  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.  

“We are delighted to see the implementation of Eircode in this shared initiative, demonstrating another example of the critical function of individual address identification and how it can facilitate community benefit”, says Karen Dwyer, Operations Director, Eircode.  “Local authorities and communities collaborating with Property Marking Ireland, further strengthens the common purpose of community led crime prevention, reducing both property crime and the fear of crime in rural and urban areas.“ 

“Working with Eircode, this shared initiative is making an impact in rural communities in particular where there is a high volume of property theft from farms and an increasing number of unrecovered pieces of expensive farm equipment,” says James O’Neill, Development Manager of Property Marking Ireland.  “We are hugely encouraged by the support of Eircode and local communities, and we are preparing to start implementing property marking with Eircodes throughout the country over the next few years. 

Property marking with Eircodes has commenced in West Cork, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo and will be followed in the coming months, by counties Donegal, Galway, Sligo, Kildare, Cavan, Louth, Clare, Roscommon and Tipperary. Local communities can get more information from Property Marking Ireland