Eircode has teamed up with the not-for-profit company, Property Marking Ireland, and with local communities, to roll out nationwide property marking to combat theft, and to assist in identification and return of stolen property.
Property Marking Ireland works with local communities to run events where people can get their property marked with their Eircode.
A tungsten carbide property marking machine is used to stamp a pattern of dots into the selected item, compatible with materials ranging from steel and aluminium to plastic.
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.
The Eircodes are difficult to remove and can be repeated a number of times on an item.
Property marked with the Eircode is less attractive to thieves, being difficult to sell, and it is easier for An Garda Síochána to trace the owner.
Eircode Property Marking warning signs are put up in the community to make criminals aware that property is marked, and thus less attractive for theft.
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.
Property marking with Eircodes has commenced in West Cork, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo, and will continue in the coming months in counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Louth, Sligo, Roscommon and Tipperary.
Local communities can get more information at the propertymarking.ie website.
The Eircode is the unique seven-character code assigned to each individual address in Ireland (see eircode.ie).
Established in 2017, Property Marking Ireland worked with the Telesis Marking Systems Company to develop the machine that stamps an Eircode into items.
Based in Killenaule, Co Tipperary, Property Marking Ireland was a finalist for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards in 2018.
An Garda Síochána recommends property marking to identify your items in case of theft.
The recommended procedure is to also photograph machinery and tools and register details, including property marking. Heavy duty etching or stencilling, or marking with a welder or grinder, are options, along with the Property Marking Ireland tungsten carbide machine which will be provided to communities free of charge.
Accompanying registers and signs must be purchased from the designated supplier.