Tuesday 6 December 2016

Action is needed now to tackle the nationwide crime wave

Michael Carty

Published 02/10/2015 | 02:30

'These are not a substitute for effective, intelligent and strategic policing. For if a member of the community observes something suspicious and contacts the gardaí, unless there is a rapid, effective and co-ordinated garda response, it is pointless'
'These are not a substitute for effective, intelligent and strategic policing. For if a member of the community observes something suspicious and contacts the gardaí, unless there is a rapid, effective and co-ordinated garda response, it is pointless'

The recent dramatic upsurge in rural crime was predictable, given the policies pursued by the current Government. The reduction in garda numbers, closure of rural garda stations, restricted garda budgets and a failure to structure the force to meet current policing demands have all contributed in no small way to this sorry state of affairs, where law-abiding rural people who have paid taxes all their lives and contributed to the development of this State are now living in fear.

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I live in rural Ireland and crime and the fear of crime are the main topic of conversation. Midwest Radio, the local station, is overwhelmed with calls from listeners with solutions ranging from introducing the birch to forming vigilante groups.

This is symptomatic of a society under threat.

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