Delivery date for high-end vehicles
Seventy-five new high-powered Garda vehicles will be on our roads within the next two months in a bid to tackle rural crime.
Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne confirmed the vehicles, which are part of a €5.3m overhaul of the Garda fleet, will be on the road by the end of the year as part of efforts to improve the force's armed Emergency Response Unit.
"My understanding is we will have an addition of more than 75 of the high-powered vehicles. But there will be other vehicles allocated, on top of the normal vehicles," Mr Byrne said.
He said the cars, which are understood to be Audi Q7 4x4s and BMWs, will be spread across all regions.
He believes it will give the force the "capacity and capability to deal with what we are dealing with on the road networks, particularly late at night and in the early hours of the morning".
He was speaking at the launch of a joint crime prevention campaign between Crimestoppers, Gardai and PhoneWatch.
They are advising householders and business owners to take extra care coming into the winter months, as 28,830 burglaries were reported in Ireland between the middle of last year and this year. PhoneWatch, which is sponsoring the campaign, said there has been a 70pc increase in the demand for its monitored alarm system over the last year.
Mr Byrne said burglaries are more frequent between the hours of 5pm and 10pm during the winter months.
"The message is to protect your property and that includes residential and business premises with approved installations and PhoneWatch systems," he added. He said they have adopted a "multi-faceted and multi-stranded approach" to tackling the spate of rural crime, which includes monthly meetings with the various regions.