Friday 24 February 2017

Anti-crime initiative requires resources



Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

The latest anti-crime initiative to be launched by the Government today deserves a cautious welcome. The crime package, aimed at targeting a small number of prolific offenders responsible for a large number of burglaries, comes on the eve of the General Election, one which will be dominated by, among other things, voter concerns over crime, particularly in rural areas.

There is a pattern in almost every electoral cycle of anti-crime packages being announced at critical intervals, only for those initiatives to fall away as resources and public anger subside.

The latest initiative has much to commend to it.

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