Senator was targeted by burglars five times in last two years
A senator who has seen burglars attempt to break into her home five times in the past two years has vowed to reopen her local Garda station if she is elected to the Dáil.
Fianna Fail candidate Mary White said thieves have attempted to force their way in to her Dublin home on countless occasions.
However, she said that the incidents are now occurring more often since Stepaside Garda Station closed in 2013. "The amount of people who have been affected is extraordinary," said Ms White.
"We need to see gardaí on the beat, we need a garda presence," she added.
"It was a folly to close Stepaside Garda Station."
Ms White said that burglars attempted to break in to her home five times in the past two years while she was lying in bed at night.
The areas around her home in South County Dublin have seen crime increase by 42pc since September 2014.
North Dublin has also seen a spate of burglaries recently, including three in Clontarf and one in Coolock on Saturday.
She said that she has been forced to take precautions to protect her home. "I have a sliding door and they tried to break that," said Ms White.
"It was broken once before but I have a new one in now and they say it cannot be broken," she added.
"You need to have everything in place. You need alarms too and I tell the senior citizens not to answer their doors at night."
"A man was cutting my grass here a few weeks ago and someone was opportunistic took all of the tools from his van.
"Senior citizens feel very vulnerable."