Last week, Fingal County Council (FCC) installed the surveillance system at the graveyard in Mulhuddart, which has had reports of sentimental ornaments and items being stolen from graves, and on going anti-social behaviour happening there.
According to a spokeswoman for FCC, the installation of CCTV cameras at the cemetery is part of an attempt to reduce or eliminate the ongoing problem of fly-tipping or illegal dumping at this location.
“We anticipate that this may also contribute to a reduction in anti-social behaviour in this area,” the spokeswoman said. Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty (Lab) said it was a welcome move by the council.
“It is very welcome that new cameras have been put up in the graveyard and, hopefully, that will ensure that items left at graves, or items of sentimental value, [remain there].”
“This will be the deterrent to prevent them from being stolen and I very much welcome the fact that the community has been listened to on this issue,” he said.
“It is a small, but certainly a significant step forward in ensuring the graveyard has proper security and dignity for families to visit it,” he said.
Deputy Nulty pointed out that we live in a society where “crime is reality”, but that it is important that “we take steps to prevent it initially and also to tackle it where it does occur”.
“It would be better if we didn’t have to provide this type of thing, but it is still important that the community has been listened to.”