Additional funding announced for rural Text Alert and CCTV schemes
Additional funding is to be made available for rural communities to fight crime in their areas with new provisions made by the Department of justice for Text Alert and CCTV schemes.
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan said his Department will be making in the region of €100,000 available to local communities who wish to apply for a rebate towards the costs associated with running their local Text Alert Scheme.
It will also be assisting in the prevention and detection of local crime through the recently announced grant-aid scheme to assist the establishment of community-based CCTV systems.
This scheme will run for 3 years, with up to €1million being made available for each year of the scheme to assist local communities – the application process is open and I urge communities to look into this, and see if it fits with their needs.
Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly, Minister Flanagan the provision of CCTV schemes will assist in the prevention and reduction of local crime, disorder and anti-social activity and increase community involvement to prevent and reduce crime in local areas.
“The use of these technologies will help in the fight against rural crime.”
The Minister said the Government's response to crime, and to burglaries in particular, has focussed on two key objectives: investing in the capacity of An Garda Síochána to tackle criminals and enforce the law effectively; and updating and strengthening the law where necessary.
"As a representative of and a native of a strongly rural constituency, I understand and appreciate the impact that Text Alert Groups and community-based CCTV systems can have in local areas.