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Saturday 24 February 2018

Additional funding announced for rural Text Alert and CCTV schemes

One of the main areas where the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) will focus will be on community text alert schemes
One of the main areas where the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) will focus will be on community text alert schemes
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

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.

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"They are a perfect example of citizens working in tandem with their local Gardaí to provide a safer community for all those who live there. This type of work is beginning to pay off, CSO figures for 2016 show that we had a 30% drop in burglaries.

"Let no one have any doubt about the commitment of An Garda Siochána and this Government to ensure that we tackle crime in this country. My Department is available to help local groups in both rural and urban areas to apply for this important funding. 

"These schemes allow new technologies to fuse with the traditional value of active community engagement all around Ireland."

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