Property owners are being urged to sign up to a new system aimed at tackling rural crime.

The Property Marking Ireland programme is being set up by government in the hope of creating an extra barrier for thieves.

It involves marking equipment or machinery with a person's unique 7-digit Eircode.

It means in the case of a theft, Gardai can trace it back to its owner if recovered.

Galway East TD and Minister of State for Rural Affairs Sean Canney says the system will make thieves think twice:

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