Councillors target lack of Garda resources

by Gazette Reporter
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PUBLIC representatives in Swords say the lack of Garda resources is contributing to the growing trend of anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.
A number of incidents have been reported to Cllr Philip Lynam (SF) this month.
According to Cllr Lynam, a number of these incidents indicate that burglars are scouting the area for potential targets.
He said residents reported to him that on August 5, two men were seen on Rivervalley Road, wearing masks, calling on doors and ringing doorbells.
The following day, a man was seen looking through house windows and side alleys around Cherry Avenue, while on August 10, a large white van was seen driving in and out of estates in Rivervalley, with occupants seen looking into houses and car windows.
A house in the area was burgled on August 13, and a number of items taken including two televisions, jewellery and a PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles.
There have also been reports of anti-social behaviour. One such incident occurred on August 12, when a white van was reported speeding around the Cherry Park area where children were playing.
Gardai were called, and residents were advised not to approach the driver. That night, youths vandalised cars in the Daleview estate by kicking off mirrors and scraping the door of a car.
Cllr Lynam said: “This type of behaviour is unacceptable; we all have the right to live in our homes and estates without the prospect of anti-social behaviour.
“It is anti-community and should be tackled by using all resources available. I will be informing the gardai about an increase in community policing in the area,” he said.
Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) believes that a lack of Garda resources is at the root of the problem. He said: “A lot of this is down to the fact that Garda numbers in the Swords area are substantially down over the past three years.
“The gardai are not being given the resources required to do their job and there are regular complaints about that, and I have raised that a number of times in the Seanad.
“This is not a criticism of the rank-and-file gardai – they’re just not getting the resources that they need,” he said.
“Petty crime like vandalism leads to more serious crime if you don’t nip it in the bud in the beginning, and that’s been proven. Really, this is a decision for the Minister [for Justice] and the department.
“We’ve had many instances in this area where we’ve lost gardai and they haven’t been replaced,” he said.
The Department of Justice declined to comment on the issue. A spokesperson from an Garda Siochana said: “For operational and security reasons, An Garda Siochana do not discuss staffing levels in place at individual Garda stations.”

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