Put more gardai back on beat
A RECURRING theme in the debate invariably sparked by the release of the latest crime figures is the need for more gardai on the beat. So rare is the sight of a garda on foot patrol, or even driving a squad car, or riding a motor bike, that the term "on the beat" has acquired an old-fashioned, even quaint ring.
Rapes, burglaries and robberies increased by 10pc last year. Many of the 53 murders were gang-related, and the increase in the number of rapes recorded may be due to more people coming forward.
These, together with all the kidnappings and human trafficking, are signs of violent times.