An Garda Síochána is calling on the farming community with overhead power lines on their land, to be vigilant of suspicious activity and to come forward with any information they may have on metal theft and people engaged in this illegal activity.
An Garda Síochána, in conjunction with Crimestoppers and ESB Networks, has launched a new campaign to tackle the serious problem of metal theft.
The initiative continues the work of the Metal Theft Forum, which was established in 2012 to develop a metal theft prevention and crime reduction plan.
Metal theft affects a large number of businesses and communities and includes the theft of electricity cables, copper wires, road signs, beer kegs, electrical goods, letterboxes and goalposts.
Gardaí stressed that a sharp increase in ESB Network station break-ins and the ongoing theft of electrical cable is of particular concern.
"Can affect everyone"
John O’Driscoll, Assistant Commissioner of An Garda Síochána said, "Metal theft can affect everyone. Specifically, stealing metal from ESB Networks' equipment causes power cuts which impact on families, businesses and the economy in general.”
“I appeal to any person to contact An Garda Síochána, immediately, if they are aware of suspicious activity taking place close to an electrical installation on their land.”
“I am also specifically appealing to any person involved in the purchase and or resale of metal products, to ask appropriate questions and report unusual sources of metal as you may inadvertently facilitate criminal activity and commit an offence of handling stolen property, if you purchase metal that is stolen.” the statement concluded.
Information can be provided to your local Garda station, by calling ESB Networks on: 1820 372 999 or by the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service on 1800 25 00 25.