Action needed on Tallaght burglary rate– Crowe
Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Justice to take action on burglaries in the Tallaght area.
A report from the CSO shows the area covered by Tallaght Garda Station topping the league when it comes to reported burglaries.
Deputy Crowe said:
“The CSO figures show the Tallaght area topping the league when it comes to burglaries with a whopping 922 burglary cases. This is unacceptable. These figures, when combined with the Rathfarnham station area which has 347 reported burglary cases, highlight the scale of the problem. It also points to the need for more resources to be put in to the area to tackle this growing problem.
“The recession and high unemployment combined with drugs problems in the area are used as excuses for the high burglary rate. However it is also related to Garda numbers and the extent of policing resources available.
“The majority of burglaries and evidence from homes would seem to suggest that thieves are targeting items that are easy to sell on and dispose of quickly.
“The proliferation and lack of any regulations or controls on shops buying clothes, gold and jewellery for cash is also a godsend for criminals and needs to be addressed with new legislation.
“Residents want to see more overt policing combined with workable solutions. The installation of enhanced lighting and the extension of CCTV to vulnerable areas would also help.
“The Minister for Justice, the Garda Commissioner and Local Garda Management need to look at these statistics and take imaginative steps to reduce this growing problem. Burglaries need to be prioritised in any local policing plan and this will require extra Gardaí who are more active in communities throughout Tallaght.
“The criminals and gangs engaged in these burglaries need to be targeted and jailed if convicted.
“The Minister for Justice must take action with an appropriate and immediate response including extra Gardaí on the streets.”