A SENIOR member of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee has said he has received assurances from the Minister for Justice that the burglary problem in Fingal is being tackled.
Reacting to new provisional crime statistics for Fingal from local gardaí, Cllr. Kieran Dennison (FG) said: ' In general crime levels are down but incidents of burglary, robbery from premises and theft from vehicles are up significantly.
'As vice- chair of the Fingal Joint Policing Forum I met with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter earlier in the year who informed me he was setting up a Garda operation to deal with the problem. 'In the five months to the end of August, 1,729 burglary-related arrests have been made under Operation Fiacla, and 982 people have been charged.' Cllr. Dennison added: ' This operation is ongoing but Gardaí have asked the public to secure their homes and be more vigilant in their neighbourhoods.
'At the meeting, gardaí said that many of the burglaries are from houses where alarms are off, doors unlocked, windows left open and car keys visible on hall tables.' On the approaching Halloween season and the inevitable antisocial behaviour problems associated with the festival, Cllr. Dennison said: 'For Halloween the Gardaí will be working closely with Fingal County Council to reduce the level of antisocial behaviour and to prevent the stockpiling of material for bonfires.
'In previous years the council has often had to spend over €200,000 cleaning up after Halloween, money that can be put to better use in our community. 'Last year with the public's help we saved a lot of money so please contact the council if you see any bonfire material.'