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Man charged with Blackrock construction site burglary

A MAN has been charged in connection with a burglary at a construction site last September.

The man was arrested yesterday and questioned about the theft of tools from a site on Church Road in Blackrock after 3am on September 3.

The tools, worth €2,500, were found nearby on the morning of the theft.

The man is in his 20s and was questioned at the Bridewell garda station before being charged. He will appear in court on a later date.

Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Tony Davis said this morning: "Last year we launched the ‘Secure It Keep It’ campaign which was aimed at raising awareness for construction site security, with an emphasis on marking tools and machinery." 

"Construction sites are by nature easy targets for criminals due to the types of materials, tools and machinery on site. In 2017, €6.3 million worth of tools were stolen from construction sites. Anyone who owns tools should have them marked in some time of way. That can be with any unique identification number you come up with or simply use your Eircode. 

"Keep a record of your tools and the ID you have given them. Take a photo of the tools and email them back to yourself so you have a record of it. Store your tools in a secure area and try not to leave them in your vehicle.” 

He added: “If you are working on site for a prolonged period, we would advise that CCTV be set up. Get good security lighting, fences or hoardings. Localised temporary security alarms should be used. Keep a record of engine numbers chassis number, vehicle ID numbers etc and leave machinery in a well-lit part of the site with the keys removed.” 

He advised construction workers to log onto www.garda.ie and takes the Construction Site Checklist Challenge with the aim of improving site security.