The crime of metal theft strikes at the very heart of the Community and has become a significant security and safety concern for An Garda Síochána, businesses, utility providers, rail transport and the general public. The impact of metal theft on both the public and business communities has prompted the Gardai to develop a proactive plan to tackle the increase in this crime nationwide.
Several consequences associated with Metal theft include increased costs for replacement and repair, health and safety risks to employees and members of the public, damage to the environment and disruption of essential utility services.
A “Metal Theft Forum” was established in 2011, by An Garda Síochána involving various groups of stakeholders affected directly by this type of crime including communications, utility, transport, recyclers, agricultural sector and Government Departments. The objective of the Forum is to gather information and enable stakeholders to become proactive in developing a multi-agency solution to this crime.
According to Garda Commissioner Callinan, “The Garda Síochána have collaborated with key stakeholders to develop a robust Metal Theft Crime Prevention and Reduction Plan, in order to prevent and reduce metal theft, thereby providing a safer living and working environment for the public and business community.”
The launch will be attended by members of An Garda Síochána’s “Metal Theft Forum”.