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Shocking detection rate of just 4% for burglaries in Dublin West- Cllr Paul Donnelly

20 February, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has called on the government to immediately review the allocation of Garda resources to ensure we have “feet on the streets” in Dublin West to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Donnelly said:
“I am very concerned at the increase in burglaries, criminal damage and theft. I am appalled that the detection rate in burglaries stands at just 4%.
“We must put more resources into educating people on how to protect their homes and we also must put more resources into identifying the prolific offenders who carry out most of these crimes. We need the judiciary to recognise the serious impact of burglaries on the victims.
“There has been a massive blow to the confidence of the people in how the Gardaí are managed and how resources are allocated. A prime example of this is are the recent heavy handed arrests of anti-water charges protesters in Tallaght and the current imprisonment of water charge protesters from Donaghmede and Finglas”
“At a public meeting in Littlepace last Thursday, it was noted that a prolific car thief was stopped by citizens, it took over two hours for the Gardaí to arrive to detain him and within hours he was back in the estate carrying out another theft”
“This is not the fault of the ordinary Gardaí however this type of incident sends out the wrong message to the people”.
“We need a root and branch review of what the authorities view as priority and what the community see as priorities. We need more community Gardaí. We need community Gardaí numbers at a minimum back up to its original strength of 24 and reverse the 50% cuts we have experienced over the past number of years.
“We need a dedicated burglary detection team in each area to target prolific offenders and help get property back to the victims, the community needs to see action, not words”.

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