£145k bill due to metal thefts at Translink and NI Water
Metal thefts and efforts to prevent it have cost taxpayers about £145,000 at just two of Northern Ireland's biggest public bodies.
Translink is facing a bill of about £50,000 because of recent metal thefts.
Northern Ireland Water has had to set aside about £95,000 to replace stolen property, including manhole covers and equipment used in sewage treatment.
One County Down private security firm said it had noticed an increase in metal thefts over the school holidays.
Mercury Security Management, which is based in Lisburn, monitors several sites in both public and private ownership in Northern Ireland.
The firm's business development manager, Bamber Gascoigne, said: "As normal, like any school holidays, right now theft of metal is very prevalent.
"We will see that schools in particular and churches will have a lot of metal stolen to be sold on."
Translink and NI Water are working with the police and other partners to implement preventative measures against future metal theft.