The official launch of the property marking scheme was held at the Longford County Council Offices, May 8.
The scheme, which is being run by Longford County Council (LCC) and Longford Joint Policing Committee in association with An Garda Síochána, saw the county receive its first property marking machine.
The machine was purchased by LCC and chairperson of the Longford Joint Policing Committee Cllr Warnock spoke of his delight at launching the scheme.
“We are grateful to Longford County Council who have agreed to fund this project. I think it is going to be a very positive piece of kit for us going forward.
“It is going to hopefully act as a deterrent and we all know there has been a spike in rural crime in recent years. It has been very successful in other counties, where a scheme like this has been rolled out.
“I am very happy to launch this project here today and hope it is of huge benefit to the entire community.”
Superintendent Jim Delaney said the launch marked a great day for the county.
“This is a great day for Longford and a great day for the Longford district.
“This property marking tool, which I have to thank the Longford County Council for financing and supporting, is a really advanced tool. For us, it touches on two of our policing plans for 2019 and they are community engagement and safety and preventing crime.” he added.
The scheme involves marking property with the owner’s Eircode number, which is a unique identifier and there will be an option of displaying a sticker or sign on the premises to show that property marking is in operation.
The mark that is made on the property is a physical mark which is etched into the property and is very difficult to remove. The mark is made by a specially-designed machine which embosses the property item with small dots in the pattern of an Eircode.
The marking machine will be made available on loan to local community groups free of charge.
Pictured above: Garda Tracey Shanley, Declan McGlynn, Supt Jim Delaney and Paul McDermott, with Cllrs John Browne, Gerard Farrell, Micheál Carrigy, Gerry Hagan, Mae Sexton, Peggy Nolan, Luie McEntire, Joe Flaherty, Gerry Warnock, Martin Mulleady, Mick Cahill, Mark Casey, Paul Ross, Paraic Brady, Paddy Mahon, Chrissie McCormack, Sr Elizabeth, Kitty Hughes, Barbara Heslin, Ciaran Murphy PICTURE: SHELLEY CORCORAN