Residents in Newcastle and Rathcoole are once again calling for increased garda resources to combat an increase in crime in the area.

Fed up locals want the District Superintendent and Minister for Justice to deploy additional gardai to the Rathcoole Garda station.

The concerned community gathered in Citywest recently for a meeting to discuss their fears and concerns over safety.

Speaking following that meeting Cllr Francis Timmons (IND) told Dublin Gazette he has launched a petition calling for additional gardai for the area.

At the time of going to press it had received almost 1,200 signatures in five days.

“It was apparent to me that there is a greater need to see a visible Garda presence on the ground,” he said.

“I am asking all concerned residents to please sign a petition I have started to increase Garda manpower at Rathcoole Garda Station.

“The petition, which can be found at http://chng.it/YL77fKkCyt, will be sent to the District Garda Superintendent and the Minister for Justice.

“The areas of Rathcoole, Newcastle and Saggart have seen huge increases in population over the last few years and people need and want to feel safe in their homes and communities.

“There’s new houses, new businesses and developments but with that comes additional crime and additional anti-social behaviour.
“What residents want is a Garda on the beat.

“They want a situation that when you ring a guard, a guard will arrive.

“I also want to acknowledge the work the Guards do in our communities, but I strongly feel they are under resourced to fight the growing crime and in particular drug related crimes in our communities.’’

Following an enquiry from Dublin Gazette, a spokesperson from An Garda Siochana said:

“Local Garda Management closely monitors the allocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level, to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.

“Senior Garda Management is satisfied that an adequate policing service continues to be delivered and that current structures in place meet the requirement to deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the community.

“This situation is continually reviewed.”