Property Marking Ireland, founded by James O’Neill, is a community-led crime prevention initiative. It uses a combined strategy to deter crime through a mixture of marking goods and property with a specially designed machine and large signage.
Property crime is one of the biggest challenges in Ireland today. Every year within every community in Ireland households and small businesses experience the trauma of being a victim of theft or burglaries. Every year An Garda Siochana recover hundreds of thousands of euros worth of stolen property from the hands of criminals, but all too often there is no way of identifying its rightful owners.
Property Marking Ireland aims to create a more secure property environment in rural and urban communities across the island, helping not only to reduce crime but also to reduce the fear and anxiety it causes. This crime prevention program allows An Garda Siochana to detect, identify, and return stolen property or lost property to its rightful owner through a mixture of marking goods and property with a specially designed machine and the provision of signage at community, premises and property item levels. In June 2020, there were more than 430 bicycle robberies in Dublin, with only 6% of stolen bikes returned to their owners. Property Marking Ireland is currently targeting bicycle shops in Dublin to use their marking service which will aim to tackle the broader issue of a 40% national increase in reported bicycle thefts.
James O’Neill, founder of Property Marking Ireland which aims to create a more secure property environment in rural and urban communities across Ireland.
Impact Programme 2019