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Metal Theft - Crime Prevention Advice for the Public

Metal Theft continues to be a significant Crime problem affecting Communities all over Ireland.

Metal Theft impacts on everyone: homeowners, farmers, commuters, schools, businesses, recyclers and essential infrastructure such as ESB, Eircom and Irish Rail.

'Metal Theft' crime analysis shows the most commonly stolen metals are copper, aluminium, brass and bronze. These are valuable assets and expensive to replace and to repair associated damage. The approximate market value of one tonne of aluminium is estimated at €1,750, making metal theft lucrative for criminals and costly for victims.

Metal thieves target churches, vacant houses, public buildings, telecommunication cables and electricity substations. Many of these thefts are putting communities in danger.

What can you do to reduce metal thefts?

Consider installing security measures such as intruder alarms, CCTV and security lighting to deter intruders and illuminate vulnerable areas.

Keep gates locked and restrict vehicle access to your property or premises, check perimeter for weak access points.

Secure or remove any convenient means of transporting metal away, such as trailers and wheelbarrows.

Restrict access to roof. Store ladders in a secure place.

Maximise the level of natural surveillance. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed.
Be a good neighbour, remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to your local Garda station.

Consider starting or joining a Neighbourhood/Business/Community Alert scheme.

Crime Prevention Officers:

All members of An Garda Síochána promote crime prevention and reduction. Each Garda Division has dedicated Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) trained to promote and advise on best crime prevention practices to both the private and business community.

To contact your local Crime Prevention Officer, please click here 

National Crime Prevention Unit