"Operation Waste is a joint venture by Dublin Metropolitan Region Garda Traffic Division based at Dublin Castle and Dublin City Council’s Waste Management Team.
It was established to combat the use of public roads by uninsured, untested and dangerously loaded vehicles arriving at Dublin Port, destined for export to West Africa.
Since its inception in September 2014 the operation has seen over 50 vehicles including cars and articulated trucks detained for either no insurance or no certificate of roadworthiness. 5 stolen vehicles including an Audi Q7, a Toyota Avensis and a Mercedes Benz S350 have been recovered before they could be exported.
Also utilising ANPR technology Gardai have recovered a further 11 stolen vehicles parked in communal areas of housing and industrial estates, were it is believed they were being prepared for export.
The majority of these vehicles had been stolen during the course of burglaries or the keys had been fished out through the letterbox of homes.”
As a result we wish to advise all home owners that cars keys should be stored in a safe and secure place in the home and away a safe distance from Front Door letter box’s to avoid their phishing out by thieves and burglars. Please see our Crime prevention page for leaflets
Images of some of the cars recovered by Gardaí are available at firstname.lastname@example.org