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Intel donates property marking machine to Leixlip Garda station

Property marking uses a unique numbering system that vastly increases the chances that property will be reunited to its owner if it is lost or stolen

Last week Intel donated a property marking machine to the Leixlip Garda station which is located just a short distance from the Intel campus.

The property marking machine, which is also called a dot peen marking machine, uses a tungsten carbide-tipped pin to indent an object with dots to create a visible, permanent unique number. This enables the local Gardaí to inscribe a unique identifier, for example a property’s Eircode, onto specific household items and property such as bikes. If property is lost or stolen and later recovered by the Gardaí they can return the items swiftly to their owners.

Household’s who have their property embossed with the unique identifier can display a sticker on the premises to show that household’s or businesses participation in the program. It is very difficult to remove the marking and it can be repeated a number of times on each item of property.

The machines can mark at a speed of two characters per second, to an accuracy of 0.006mm, and can be used on everything from steel and aluminium to plastic. It can therefore be used to emboss a variety of different items such as garage and garden tools, power tools, computers and electrical devices, many mobile phones and tablets, equestrian tack, golf clubs, musical instrument cases and cycles.

Speaking about the donation, An Garda Síochána said, “We would like to thank Intel for kindly sponsoring a property marking machine. This device is designed to uniquely mark various items be it bicycles, trailers or machinery with your Eircode. This enables people to identify their property and is a deterrent to criminals”.


Pictured are Garda Chris Fallon, Aedamair O’Malley from Intel, Superintendent Eamonn Curley and Lisa Harlow from Intel


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