Register of property needed to tackle theft and rural crime – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has called on the Government to create a National Property Register in a bid to tackle Rural Crime and theft.
Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:
“Theft of farm equipment has risen by 40% in recent times and almost €8 million worth of equipment and tools were stolen from construction sites in Ireland in a ten-month period last year.
"According to figures released in Sept, more than 14,000 bikes worth an estimated €2m have been stolen since 2016, with 83% stolen in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway.
“We are proposing ‘Taisceadán’, a National Property Register, which would be the creation of a centralised system to catalogue property with a specific ID number for expensive items such as tools, bicycles and machinery.”
“This would make it easier for Gardaí to prove theft and prosecute those in possession of stolen property, and to reunite owners with their property. This is a model which has been effectively utilised in other jurisdictions.
“Later this week we will publish our policy document on Rural Crime, which will outline Sinn Féin’s vision to ensure that people can feel safe in their communities.
"We need a government that is serious about tackling crime in Rural and urban areas, and will put in place the resources and policies in place to do so.”