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Property Marking

In September, 2022, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced funding of €300,000 for a crime prevention service which helps protect property from being stolen.

Property marking is a process where a physical mark is etched onto a piece of property such as a bike, laptop or tools.

The mark is made by a specially-designed machine which embosses the property item with small dots in the pattern of the owner’s Eircode – to make it harder for criminals to sell on stolen property.

Property Marking Ireland is a newly established company which has been set up to roll out a property marking crime prevention programme throughout the country.

Property Marking Ireland (PMI) is the trading name of Community Services Network (CSN). CSN is a not-for-profit social enterprise with no shareholders. All funds raised by Property Marking Ireland will be used for the provision of the service and any profits made will be used to improve or expand the service provided.

PMI has developed links with local authorities (through the Joint Policing Committees) as well as community groups (such as Men’s Sheds, IFA, Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch).

The Department of Justice has agreed to provide grant funding to the scheme for a period of 4 years, after which it is envisaged the scheme will become self-financing. The grant totals €300,000 over 4 years, subject to annual progress reports from PMI which demonstrate satisfactory progress.

Property marking engagement days are held by local community policing units and regularly highlighted on An Garda Síochána social media sites.  Contact your local Garda station for more details.