People urged to make use of Property Marking Machine

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A new piece of technology – developed in Tipperary – is expected to prevent property theft in the Premier County.

The Property Marking Machine has been purchased by Tipperary County Council was an initiative of the Joint Policing Committee.

Killenaule-based Property Marking Ireland recently launched their new community led crime prevention programme.

Pilot tested over the past three years, areas using the equipment saw a significant decline in property theft.

The machine works by etching the individuals unique Eircode onto the property which can be anything from a trailer or lawnmower to an ipad or computer.

The initiative hopes to reduce the level of property crime, reduce the fear of crime in rural and isolated areas, and increase the partnership between communities and An Garda Siochana.

Councillor Imelda Goldsboro says it will also help those affected by crime recover their personal belongings.

Training for community groups interested in using the machine to mark their own property will take place over the coming months.

Property Marking Ireland is also responsible for the successful text alert scheme.

As well as that, the scheme involves signage to identify areas as ‘property marked communities’ that acts as a deterrent to criminals.

CEO James O’Neill says there are many facets to the initiative.